Ethylene cracker in Porto Torres to close in June, says Eni

21 June 2011 13:59  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Italian energy and petrochemicals major Eni is set to shut down its 250,000 tonne/year ethylene (C2) cracker at Porto Torres in Sardinia by the end of June, a company source at subsidiary Polimeri said on Tuesday.

The closure of the C2 cracker, which is operated by Eni subsidiary Syndial, is being described as temporary. However, a recent company press release said that all traditional chemical plants at the site, with the exception of nitrile rubber (NBR), would be shut down in order to make way for a new bio-based based chemical complex at the site.

The phenol/acetone facilities had been offline since September 2008 and the ethylene dichloride (EDC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) units were mothballed in 2009.

The current status of the benzene, toluene, cyclohexanol and high density polyethylene (HDPE) units at the site is not clear at the time of publication.

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By: Nel Weddle
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