26 March 2012 15:23 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BP Refining and Petrochemical’s (BPRP) Olefin 4 cracker at Gelsenkirchen in Germany is back on line and in the ramp-up phase following an unexpected outage last week, market players said on Monday.
A force majeure declaration on propylene, which came into effect on 23 March, was lifted on Monday and the cracker is understood to have been producing on-spec material since late on 25 March.
BPRP’s Olefin 4 cracker was shut down on 22 March because of the failure of a process-critical pump, said a source close to the company.
Late last week, market players said they expected the cracker to resume operations over the weekend (24-25 March).
BPRP declined to comment on operations on Friday, but confirmed on Monday that both its Gelsenkirchen crackers are “up and running” without providing further details on operations.
Market sources remained unconcerned by BPRP's recent production outage, stating that it was short-lived and can be absorbed into the balances.
BPRP has two crackers at its Gelsenkirchen site, which produce up to 260,000 tonnes/year and 270,000 tonnes/year of propylene respectively, according to ICIS.
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