Cracker start-up continues for Slovakia's Slovnaft despite fire

25 June 2013 15:37  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Slovakia's Slovnaft is continuing with the start-up phase of its reconstructed 210,000 tonne/year cracker, despite a small fire that affected one of the furnaces at its Bratislava site, the company said on Tuesday.

One man was taken to hospital complaining of breathing difficulties after the blaze at the site on Monday, but he was quickly released by doctors, it added.

“The fire was immediately extinguished by the fire brigade which was present during the start-up,” said Slovnaft spokesman Anton Molnar. 

“We are now investigating the reason behind the fire and also the extent of the damage,” he added.

The incident should not prevent Slovnaft from bringing the start-up phase – begun on 22 June after a three-week shutdown for the completion of reconstruction work and maintenance – to a successful conclusion on either 26 or 27 June, Molnar said.

Slovnaft has reconstructed the cracker as part of a €300m ($395m) investment programme that should also deliver a 220,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant to replace the existing LDPE installations, which have a combined output of approximately 175,000 tonnes/year, by late 2015.

The company is a subsidiary of Hungary's MOL oil, gas and petrochemicals group.

($1= €0.76)


By: Will Conroy
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