UpdateShell Moerdijk cracker restart delayed by 10-14 days

25 April 2013 17:35  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--Shell Chemical’s Moerdijk, Netherlands cracker restart has been delayed for 10-14 days, market sources said on Thursday.

There is talk of force majeure on the supply of some products from the cracker, but further details were not immediately available. Shell Chemicals does not comment on the operational or maintenance status of their plants.

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.

The delay will coincide with the shutdown of Europe’s largest cracker BASF’s 1.08 million tonnes/year ethylene cracker at Antwerp in Belgium which will begin to ramp down operations this weekend [27-28 April].

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.

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