Shell starts turnaround at Texas cracker

11 October 2011 21:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Shell has shut down its Deer Park olefins complex in Texas for planned maintenance, market sources said on Tuesday.

The company has 835,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity at the site. The 45-day turnaround began on Monday.

A Shell spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

The turnaround at Shell began as Formosa Plastics is preparing to restart one of its crackers in Texas that has been down since 1 September, also for planned maintenance.

Two other US crackers are off line this week, including ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge unit in Louisiana.

The 1m tonne/year cracker has been down since the first week of September for a 45-day turnaround.

Williams last week halted production at its 612,000 tonne/year Geismar cracker, also in Louisiana, following unexpected technical problems.

The unit is expected to remain off line for at least another week, a market source said.

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By: William Lemos
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