LyondellBasell restarts two LDPE lines at Wesseling site in Germany

16 March 2012 17:30  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell has restarted two of four lines at a low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit in Germany it shut down after an explosion in January, a spokesman said on Friday.

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

Company spokesman Andreas Anker told ICIS that the two lines had been restarted following approval from authorities in Cologne. He did not disclose capacity details, and would not say at what rates the lines were currently running.  

In a notice on its website, LyondellBasell said it is continuing repairs on the two remaining lines. The company added that it could not currently say when exactly those lines would resume production.

A separate source said earlier that a third line at the unit had restarted and the fourth would restart within a few weeks but this could not be officially confirmed.

LyondellBasell added that January’s accident was due to an equipment failure that caused a 1cm rupture on an ethylene pipeline that was under high pressure. The ethylene escaped and caught fire.

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

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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