Williams' Louisiana cracker restarted; full rate by weekend

19 October 2011 15:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US producer Williams has restarted its Geismar cracker in Louisiana, following an outage in the first week of October, market sources said on Wednesday.

The 612,000 tonne/year cracker is up and the company expects to run the unit at full rates by the weekend, a market participant said.

A Williams spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two other US crackers are off line this week for planned maintenance, including ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge unit in Louisiana and Shell's Deer Park facility in Texas.

ExxonMobil is expected to restart its cracker this week, but a company spokesperson declined to comment on a timetable.

The 1m tonne/year unit has been down since the first week of September.

Shell's Deer Park olefins complex is expected to be off line until the end of November.

The company has 835,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity at the site.

 

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