17 November 2011 11:48 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Polimeri Europa plans to restart its Dunkirk cracker by the end of this week, but the force majeure on its ethylene and propylene supplies at the site will remain in place, said a company source.
The cracker in Dunkirk, France, was shut down on 23 October because of technical problems, which resulted in the declaration of force majeure on its olefins supplies.
Repairs have been carried out on the cracker. The unit was expected to come back on stream before mid-November.
The source said the company needs to monitor plant operations, following the proposed restart, and rebuild some stocks before making a decision about lifting the force majeure.
The Dunkirk cracker has the capacity to produce 380,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 210,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to ICIS plants and projects data.
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