15 February 2011 11:02 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Repsol did not restart its cracker at Tarragona, Spain, on 14 February as previously planned, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
“[The cracker] is not back in operation yet unfortunately. We expect it will still be a few days but cannot be more precise than that at the moment,” spokesman Kristian Rix said.
The cracker, which has the capacity to produce 660,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 290,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to ICIS data, was shut down on 6 February. The cause of the outage was not disclosed.
Repsol's unplanned shutdown at Tarragona marked the third time since the beginning of the year that a cracker in Europe was off line for more than one week.
Market players were watching the supply-demand balance very closely amid preparations for the spring maintenance season.
The first turnarounds were scheduled to get underway in the Netherlands at Dow’s No 1 cracker in Terneuzen and SABIC’s Olefins 3 cracker at Geleen in March.
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