Dow Chemical fails to restart Terneuzen cracker

03 May 2011 12:45  [Source: ICIS news]

DowLONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical failed to restart its No 1 cracker at Terneuzen, the Netherlands, over the 30 April–1 May weekend following planned maintenance, a company source said on Tuesday.

“During the start-up there was an issue detected and [the cracker's restart] has been postponed until this equipment is opened up and repaired,” the source said.

The cracker will be restarted as soon as the issue is resolved, the source added.

The cracker, which has the capacity to produce 580,000 tonnes/year of ethylene (C2), is one of three that Dow Chemical operates at its Terneuzen site.

Planned maintenance work on the cracker, as well as on the associated butadiene (BD) extraction unit, began around 11 March.

The 180,000 tonne/year BD extraction unit has already been restarted and is expected to ramp up operating rates upon the successful restart of the cracker, according to another company source.

The delay to the restart of Dow's cracker could upset the olefins supply-demand balance in Europe, particularly that of propylene, which is already finely balanced and potentially under upward pressure as a result of a very tight market in the US.

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By: Nel Weddle
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