LyondellBasell restarts US cracker downed by lightning

17 June 2011 16:53  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell has restarted its Morris cracker in Illinois following a shutdown in late May caused by a power outage, the company said on Friday.

The unit has resumed operations, a LyondellBasell spokesperson confirmed, adding that the outage was caused by a lightning strike.

The cracker went down on 29 May, market sources said.

LyondellBasell has 549,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity in Morris. The cracker supplies ethylene to LyondellBasell's polyethylene (PE) plants at the same site.

The Morris complex includes a 295,425 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) unit and a 275,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) unit, according to the ICIS.

The company also has an ethanol plan in Tuscola, Illinois, which uses ethylene produced in Morris as a feedstock.

LyondellBasell is the only US producer of synthetic ethanol. The company has 135,000 tonnes/year of capacity in Tuscola.

Market sources said operations at the ethanol and polymer facilities were impacted by the cracker outage, but LyondellBasell declined to comment on the operational status of those units.

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By: William Lemos
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