Shell delays restart of Moerdijk, Netherlands cracker - sources

25 April 2013 11:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The restart of the Shell Chemical cracker at Moerdijk in the Netherlands has been delayed a couple of days, market sources said on Thursday.

The cracker, which is the second largest in Europe, has been down for a maintenance turnaround since 9-10 March and was originally due to restart around 28 April, sources said.

Shell Chemicals would not comment on the operational or maintenance status of their plants, but a couple of sources said that they were expecting a formal operational update from the company on Thursday.

The impact on the ethylene and propylene markets has so far been limited. There has been talk that some spot propylene purchases have been made by the company.

The Moerdijk cracker has the capacity to produce 910,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 500,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to ICIS data.

($1 = €0.77)

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