UpdateIndonesia’s Chandra Asri shuts cracker, PE unit on power trip

18 August 2011 08:15  [Source: ICIS news]

(adds details on shutdown of HDPE/LLDPE unit)

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s Chandra Asri has shut its naphtha cracker, along with its high density polyethylene (HDPE)/linear low density PE (LLDPE) swing facility at Merak in West Java on Thursday morning, because of a power outage, industry sources said.

The 600,000 tonne/year cracker is expected to restart in the next three days, an industry source said.

Meanwhile, the 225,000 tonne/year HDPE/LLDPE swing facility is likely to restart within three days, a company source said.

“It is just a minor problem,” the company source added.

The cracker was operating at 100% prior to the outage, sources said.

The company has previously said it plans to shut the cracker for about 40-45 days for a regular turnaround starting in early October.

Chandra Asri runs its cracker totally on naphtha, with the feedstock sourced equally on both a term and spot basis.

Additional reporting by Ong Sheau Ling and Peh Soo Hwee

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