Dow restarts Terneuzen No 2 cracker after maintenance shutdown

07 February 2011 17:08  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical has restarted its No 2 cracker at Terneuzen in the Netherlands and is currently ramping up operating rates following a late-planned maintenance stop, a source close to the company said on Monday.

The cracker, which was restarted over the 5-6 February weekend, was expected to reach on-spec production shortly, the source said.

The No 2 cracker has the capacity to produce 590,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 295,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to ICIS data.

Dow operates three crackers; No's 1, 2 and 3 at its Dutch site, totalling just over 1.8m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.

A planned, six-week turnaround was due to start in mid-March at the No 1 cracker.

($1 = €0.74)

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By: Nel Weddle
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