Polimeri Europa's Dunkirk cracker back online but at reduced rates

07 December 2011 11:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Polimeri Europa’s cracker at Dunkirk, France, is back online but running at reduced rates, a company source said on Wednesday.

"Dunkirk is running since Sunday [4 December],” the source said.

The source added that the cracker was running “in line with the European average” and said operating rates were at 70-75%.

The cracker, which has the capacity to produce 380,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, had experienced a series of restart delays caused by additional checks and technical issues following its unexpected shutdown on 23 October.

A force majeure on ethylene, propylene and crude C4s was declared by the Italy-headquartered Eni subsidiary following the shutdown and this remains in place.

European crackers have been running at reduced rates for the past two-to-three months because of poor demand from key derivatives polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

There is ongoing speculation over the status of one or two crackers which may already be shut down or are due to be idled for commercial reasons.

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By: Nel Weddle
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