US Williams stops ethylene production at Geismar for 10–14 days

06 October 2011 16:41  [Source: ICIS news]

Williams stops ethylene productionHOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based energy and petrochemicals firm Williams has halted ethylene production at its Geismar cracker in Louisiana following unexpected technical problems, a company source said on Thursday.

The unit is expected to remain down for 10–14 days, the source said.

Williams would not comment on whether there was a force majeure declaration, as this was a matter for discussion between the company and its customers, the source explained.

The Geismar olefins plant is a light-end natural gas liquid (NGL) cracker that has an annual ethylene production of 1.35bn lb/year (612,000 tonnes/year).

For more on olefins visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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