Germany’s PCK refinery FCC achieves on-spec production

03 June 2013 15:32  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based PCK has achieved on-spec propylene production from its fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) at its Schwedt refinery following a delayed restart last week with the first volumes being lifted over the 1-2 June weekend, market sources said on Monday.

“Production will be ramped up further,” a source said. Current operating rates were not disclosed.

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.

The refiner 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 was not immediately clear whether this was still in place.

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

($1 = €0.77)

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