US ExxonMobil delays cracker turnaround to early February - source

06 January 2012 22:35  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil will delay to early February a planned shutdown at its Baytown complex in Texas that was originally scheduled for January, a market source said on Friday, citing reports in the industry.

The information could not be verified with ExxonMobil because the company does not comment on its operations.

ExxonMobil has two crackers in Baytown with a combined ethylene capacity of 2.2m tonnes/year.

It is unclear whether ExxonMobil would shut one or both units. The turnaround could last 45 days, a consultant said.

The company was one of at least three producers in the US that were planning maintenance in January, according to information in the market.

Shell and Dow Chemical are the other two suppliers.

Shell confirmed this week it has taken one of its US crackers down for maintenance, but the company declined to disclose details.

A market source said Dow was still planning to shut down one of its Louisiana crackers later this month.

Dow would not comment.

Other producers with scheduled maintenance in the next few months include BASF, which in April will shut down its 934,000 tonne/year Port Arthur cracker in Texas.

INEOS, LyondellBasell and Chevron Phillips Chemical are also said to have planned maintenance turnarounds in the first half of the year.

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By: William Lemos
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