Shell to restart Wesseling 2A cracker on Friday after delay

30 June 2011 15:34  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell expects to begin restarting its 2A olefins unit at Wesseling, Germany, on Friday 1 July, the energy and chemicals major said on Thursday.

Shell said it had been unable to restart the unit on 27 June as first planned because of “technical reasons”.

The restart is likely cause flaring on both Friday and Saturday, the company said.

Shell brought the unit down on 14 June for maintenance work.

It has two crackers at Wesseling: 2A, with a capacity of 260,000 tonnes/year of ethylene; and 2B, with an ethylene capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Shell said last year that it plans to close 2B by the end of 2011 because the unit is no longer competitive.

For more on Shell and other producers visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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