25 April 2013 17:47 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BASF's cracker in Antwerp, Belgium, will be down for planned maintenance from next week, a company source said on Thursday.
"We are starting to ramp down slowly, slowly and will be completely down next week," the source said.
The cracker with a nameplate capacity of 1.08m tonnes/year of ethylene, according to ICIS data, is Europe's largest cracker and will be out for maintenance until the second half of June.
This shutdown coincides with the extended maintenance shutdown of Europe's second largest cracker, Shell Chemicals' Moerdijk cracker in the Netherlands.
There has been no discernible impact on either ethylene or propylene supply in Europe so far but sources said the supply and demand balance could become "interesting" if any unexpected issues should occur.
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