15 December 2010 18:15 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron Phillips Chemical was restarting its Sweeny 22 cracker ?xml:namespace>
Start-up activities at the 295,000 tonne/year unit began on 10 December, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
A Chevron Phillips spokesperson declined to comment on the restart, citing policy.
Chevron Phillips has two other crackers in Sweeny with a combined capacity of 1.6m tonnes/year.
Sweeny 24 has 676,000 tonnes/year of capacity, while Sweeny 33 has 907,000 tonnes/year.
The restart of Sweeny 22 points to a new expansion trend in the
Eastman Chemical, which idled one of its crackers in November 2008, was also in the process of restarting the unit.
"This decision was prompted by improved forecasts for the feedstock and olefin markets over the next several years,” said a market participant familiar with the company.
Eastman’s 141,000 tonne/year
Eastman did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.
The company has another cracker in
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