Dow Chemical’s Tarragona, Spain cracker running normally

02 August 2012 14:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical’s cracker in Tarragona, Spain, is running at or close to full rates following a planned turnaround, a company source said on Thursday.

The cracker restarted around 17 July but took longer than expected to ramp up to full operations.

The cracker, which according to ICIS data has the capacity to produce 660,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, was taken off line at the end of May.

US-headquartered Dow Chemical also owns and operates three crackers at its site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.

Four European cracker operators are preparing for their own upcoming maintence turnarounds, beginning in the second half of August.

These include Borealis in Finland, Naphtachimie in France, LyondellBasell in Germany and ExxonMobil in the UK. None have been directly confirmed.

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By: Nel Weddle
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