AFPM '12: Dow to start turnaround at Fort Saskatchewan cracker

02 April 2012 19:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Dow Chemical will begin the largest turnaround ever undertaken at the Fort Saskatchewan site in Canada in mid-April, sources said on Monday.

Dow will start the major turnaround in mid-April and complete the maintenance in June, market players said on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

Dow has said this is one of the biggest turnarounds and maintenance projects in Alberta for 2012.

Fort Saskatchewan's site uses natural gas and salt to produce basic chemicals and plastics, according to Dow.

Natural gas liquids are brought into the site's fractionator plant by pipeline and separated into five hydrocarbon products - ethane, propane-plus, propane, butane and pentane-plus - the company said.

Dow sends the ethane to the ethylene plant, which is used internally on site to make a number of other chemicals, including polyethylene (PE) and ethylene dichloride (EDC).

Hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the IPC continues through Tuesday.

($1 = €0.75)


By: Leela Landress
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