Dow Chemical shuts Boehlen, Germany cracker for maintenance

24 June 2011 17:58  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical has shut its 510,000 tonne/year ethylene cracker at Boehlen in Germany for planned maintenance, company spokesperson Jamie Ellis said on Friday.

“The Boehlen cracker is undergoing a brief planned maintenance activity starting June 22. During this time there might be flaring which is a normal activity and done for safety reasons,” Ellis said.

Dow also has a 105,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) extraction unit on the site which is also likely to close or at least run at reduced rates due to lack of crude C4 feedstock from the cracker, but there were no further details given.

The cracker shutdown comes at a time when European operators face an increasingly lengthy market amid weak demand from the key derivative, polyethylene (PE).

Limited storage means that some cracker operators may have to take steps to redress the balance by cutting operating rates.

The Boehlen cracker also has the capacity to produce 225,000 tonnes/year propylene, according to ICIS data.

($1 = €0.70)

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By: Nel Weddle
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