Dow runs Boehlen cracker at reduced rate due to cold weather

13 December 2010 11:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical has reduced the operating rate of its cracker at Boehlen, Germany, following problems resulting from cold weather, a source close to the company said on Monday.

“It has been between 50% to 70% all week and [is] expected to go another week like this until they get all equipment back on line,” said the source.

The cracker started to experience some furnace problems as a result of freezing temperatures across Europe a couple of weeks ago, according to the source.

Dow Chemical then increased rates at its other crackers to compensate for the Boehlen cracker's reduced rate, the source said.

Dow's other crackers also experienced some problems because of the cold weather, which the source described as minor.

Dow's Boehlen cracker has the capacity to produce 510,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 225,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.

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By: Nel Weddle
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