Huntsman restarts Texas cracker after two-week maintenance

08 August 2011 22:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based producer Huntsman restarted its Port Neches cracker in Texas, following a two-week maintenance shutdown, market sources said on Monday.

The 193,000 tonne/year unit was taken off line in the last week of July.

Huntsman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The start-up in Port Neches leaves the US with only one cracker partially off line, as Eastman last week halted production at one of its Texas crackers to repair a valve on a cracking furnace.

The Eastman cracker in Longview, which has 358,000 tonnes/year of capacity, will be in maintenance for two weeks, a spokesperson said.

No ethylene will be produced during the partial shutdown, the company said in a public filing last week.

Eastman has two other smaller crackers in Longview, each with 141,000 tonnes/year of capacity.

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By: William Lemos
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