Hungary’s TVK targets July for restart of fire-hit LDPE plant

15 May 2013 10:21  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--TVK is targeting July for a relaunch of its 65,000 tonne/year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) II installation, which has been out of action since last October following a fire, the Hungarian company said on Wednesday.

“According to our plan, the mechanical completion will be finished at the end of June, so the plant’s start-up procedure and operation will start in July,” said TVK spokesman Gabor Palffy.

The shutdown of LDPE II, in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, left TVK without any LDPE production capacity because its LDPE I plant was shut down in 2007 after 37 years of operation.

It was not possible to switch any production to sister company Slovnaft in Slovakia because its LDPE installation uses autoclave rather than tubular technology, Palffy, added.

LDPE II, which uses BASF technology, began production in 1991.

The Hungarian National Directorate General for Disaster Management has said the fire was caused by material used in the production of plastics catching fire in a pipe.

TVK and Slovnaft are owned by Hungarian oil, gas and petrochemicals group MOL.

By: Will Conroy
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