18 May 2011 16:43 [Source: ICIS news]
(releads, adds Dow confirmation)
LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical has restarted its No 1 cracker at Terneuzen in the Netherlands after a delay due to technical issues, the company said on Wednesday
"We have completed our turnaround work and have successfully restarted the cracker, " Dow said.
Operating rates at the cracker are currently being ramped up, market sources said.
The company had been struggling to bring the cracker back on line following planned maintenance which began on 11 March.
An initial restart had been planned for the 29 April-1 May weekend but additional technical issues meant further repair was required. Another restart was attempted last week but it was still down on 13 May.
The cracker, which has the capacity to produce 580,000 tonnes/year of ethylene (C2), according to ICIS data, is one of three that Dow Chemical operates at the Terneuzen site.
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