BASF, Total JV to increase flexibility at Texas cracker

06 December 2011 20:31  [Source: ICIS news]

The BASF Fina joint venture cracker at Port Arthur, Texas. Source BASF(adds missing word "year", paragraph 3)

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A BASF and Total joint venture (JV) plans to increase the flexibility of its naphtha cracker in Port Arthur, Texas, it said on Tuesday.

The project should start in April and last 50 days, said the joint venture, called BASF FINA Petrochemicals. The company did not say how much the project would cost.

The cracker's current capacity is 2bn lb/year (907,000 tonnes/year) of ethylene and 1.6bn lb/year of propylene.

When completed, the cracker will be able to use lighter feedstock, the company said.

The joint venture is among several companies that are increasing the flexibility of their crackers so they can use lighter feeds such as natural gas liquids.

The advent of shale gas in the US has lowered the costs of such feedstock.

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By: William Lemos
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