SABIC's Geleen cracker restarts, Dow Terneuzen plant to follow

21 April 2011 18:55  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--SABIC’s Dutch Olefins 3 cracker at Geleen has been restarted and production of on-spec material is underway, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

Full output was likely to be reached over the weekend, 23-24 April, according to another SABIC source.

Initial restart activities began 15-16 April, the source added.

The planned maintenance turnaround had begun on 14 March.

The nameplate capacity for ethylene at the Geleen Olefins 3 cracker is 575,000 tonnes/year, as confirmed by the company.

In other news, Dow Chemical’s cracker at Terneuzen in the Netherlands was due to start up on schedule early in the week beginning 25 April, a company source said.  

The planned shutdown at that Dow facility had begun around 11 March.

The nameplate capacity at the Dow Terneuzen cracker is 580,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS.

By: Heidi Finch
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