Repsol’s Sines, Portugal cracker restarts

08 March 2013 10:49  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Repsol’s cracker in Sines, Portugal, has restarted after having been offline since December 2012, a company spokesman said on Friday.

The cracker, which has the capacity to produce 415,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 200,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to ICIS data, was restarted last week but there was no information immediately available regarding operating rates.

Weak demand forced Spanish oil and gas firm Repsol to idle units at its Sines petrochemical complex in December.

The cracker’s restart means other derivatives at the Sines site, including its 45,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) unit, are likely to also be back in operation.

A similar market situation forced the temporary shut down of the cracker in December 2011, restarting only in the second half of January when demand had improved.

Repsol has two other European crackers in Tarragona and Puertollano, Spain. Of the three crackers, Sines is the only one not fully-integrated with derivative production and therefore is usually hit hard by weak market conditions.

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