Shell Moerdijk cracker running normally, internal FM in place

17 May 2013 13:20  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell Nederland Chemie BV (SNC) has restarted its cracker at Moerdijk in the Netherlands which is now running normally, a company spokesman said on Friday.

However, the internal force majeure SNC had declared on 24 April following the failure of the cracker to restart after planned maintenance, remains in place.

“[There is] no update on the force majeure but… the cracker is back online and ramped up to normal production rates,” the spokesman said.

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, according to sources.

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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