EQUATE’s crackers, PE unit continue to run despite fire

01 August 2012 12:46  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Petrochemical company EQUATE is running both of its crackers and its high density polyethylene (HDPE)/linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) swing plant at normal operating rates, despite a fire at the Shuaiba petrochemical site in Kuwait, a source close to the company said.

The company said in a press release that it had extinguished the fire, which broke out early on Tuesday morning.

“The fire, which resulted from a leak in part of a manufacturing unit, was contained and it was extinguished,” an EQUATE official said.

“The incident [did not cause any] injuries, as the [affected] area was isolated immediately,” the official said, adding that operations at other production units were not affected.

EQUATE’s 550,000 tonne/year No 1 monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at the same site was shut shortly after the fire started.

The nameplate capacity of the two crackers and the HDPE/LLDPE swing plant is 850,000 tonnes/year each, according to ICIS plants and projects.

“The problem is not serious and the production disruption at the [affected] MEG plant will be minimal as the unit should restart in a few days,” a source close to the company said.

EQUATE is a joint venture between US firm Dow Chemical and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC).

By: Ong Sheau Ling
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