Eastman shuts down US cracker for planned maintenance

03 October 2012 19:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical was shutting down one of its Longview crackers in Texas on Wednesday for a planned turnaround, the company said.

The 358,000 tonne/year unit will be off line for three weeks, a spokesperson said.

Eastman will replace isolation valves associated with cracking furnaces and make tie-ins for a capital project to install an additional furnace at the site, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The shutdown is necessary to restore the cracking plant furnaces to normal service and allow for the installation of the new furnace, the filing said.

The company declined to comment on capacity figures for the new furnace.

Eastman has two smaller crackers in Longview, each with 141,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.

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