China’s BASF-YPC to shut Nanjing cracker on mechanical issues

11 April 2012 12:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s BASF-YPC will shut its 740,000 tonne/year ethylene cracker at Nanjing in east China on 16 April because of some mechanical problems at the plant, sources close to the company said on Wednesday.

The cracker will be restarted on 5 May, the sources said, adding that the cracker’s downstream units will “operate normally” during the shutdown period, the sources said.

“They (BASF-YPC) will buy ethylene and propylene cargoes to keep the downstream units running,” the sources said.

BASF-YPC officials were not immediately available to comment.

By: Lilian Hua

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