Eastman attempts new US cracker restart after holiday outage

10 January 2013 14:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical was restarting its Longview 3A cracker in Texas, the company said on Thursday, its second attempt to resume production at the unit after an unplanned holiday outage.

The 141,000 tonne/year unit was taken off line on 27 December after a freeze-related problem resulted in the loss of instrument air.

The company had attempted to restart the cracker in the first week of January, but the process was interrupted after a leak was found in a section of a pipe, Eastman said in a public filing.

Eastman has a second cracker in Longview with 141,000 tonnes/year and a larger unit with 358,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.

The extended outage at Eastman came amid a sharp increase in ethylene spot prices.

Ethylene for January delivery was heard traded as high as 65 cents/lb ($1,433/tonne, €1,103/tonne) on Wednesday, rising from deals done at 59.500-59.875 cents/lb last week.

($1 = €0.77)

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