LyondellBasell Germany LDPE unit stays shut as probe continues

08 February 2012 17:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--One of LyondellBasell’s low density polyethylene (LDPE) units in Germany remains out of service following an explosion last month, a spokesman for the Netherlands-headquartered producer said on Wednesday.

LyondellBasell shut one of the two LDPE units at its polyolefins production site in Wesseling, near Cologne, after an explosion on 21 January that slightly injured seven workers.

Spokesman David Harpole told ICIS that an investigation into the cause of the explosion has not yet been concluded.

“We will not speculate on the timing of a restart of that unit, and we will not comment on projected costs,” Harpole added. He would not disclose specific capacity data.

According to ICIS, LyondellBasell has a total LDPE production capacity of 430,000 tonnes/year at the Wesseling site.

For more on LDPE visit ICIS chemical intelligence

 


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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