BASF TOTAL restarts US cracker after second outage

29 September 2012 02:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals said on Friday it has restarted its Port Arthur cracker in Texas, following a second outage at the 934,000 tonne/year cracker in the past few days.

The latest outage was caused by the shutdown of a major compressor on 25 September, according to the company.

The plant was restarted on Thursday night and production has resumed, a spokesperson said.

The same cracker went down on 18 September as a result of an instrument failure at a major compressor, but production was restored two days later.

The cracker is a joint venture between BASF and Total.

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