Germany's PCK refinery FCC back online, awaiting on-spec production

30 May 2013 10:56  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--German refiner PCK has restarted its fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) at its Schwedt refinery and on-spec production is imminent, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

“Deliveries should start 1 June,” the source said.

The company had been expected to restart the FCC unit around 3 May but this was delayed by some overheating in the catalyst section. Force majeure was declared on propylene supplies as a result. It is thought this will remain in place until stable on-spec production is achieved.

The FCC, which has the capacity to produce 250,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to ICIS data, was taken offline in early April as part of a €160m ($208m) modernisation and maintenance project.

PCK shareholders include Shell, BP, Rosneft, ENI and Total.

($1 = €0.77)

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