23 November 2011 17:06 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Polyethylene (PE) production at Polimeri Europa’s site in Dunkirk, France, is in the process of coming back on stream following the unscheduled outage of the cracker over the weekend of 22 October, a company source said on Wednesday.
The company has two PE plants at Dunkirk; a 200,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit and a 140,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant.
“Production should be back to normal by next week,” said the source. “The LLDPE line is proceeding as planned, then we will bring up the LDPE line.”
Despite the outage, Polimeri Europa has been able to meet the needs of its customers as demand has been weak and there is a considerable amount of oversupply in these two sectors in particular.
LDPE spot prices are at €1,020-1,080/tonne ($1,378-1,460/tonne) FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe) at large accounts, and buying interest is low. LLDPE C4 has been reported at similar levels and sometimes below.
Demand remains the most pressing area of concern in the European PE market. Production has been cut back but several producers said they do not expect much of an upturn before the second quarter of 2012.
LDPE and LLDPE are widely used in the packaging and agricultural sectors.
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