LyondellBasell restarts Germany Wesseling cracker after outage

28 December 2010 17:32  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--LyondellBasell said on Tuesday it was restarting a German cracker at Wesseling, near Cologne, following an outage.

The petrochemicals and plastics major said that the plant - one of two LyondellBasell crackers at Wesseling - had been brought down on Monday when a compressor failed.

LyondellBasell warned residents of flaring and apologised for the inconvenience.

The flaring was necessary to safely restart the plant which converts naphtha to ethylene and propylene, it added.

The company did not say which cracker had been affected, and it did not disclose capacity data.

According to the ICIS plants and projects database, LyondellBasell’s crackers at Wesseling have ethylene capacities of 290,000 tonnes/year and 760,000 tonnes/year, respectively.

Wesseling/Knapsack in Germany and Berre in France are LyondellBasell's largest production sites in Europe.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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