Slovakia's Slovnaft restarts cracker after fire

27 June 2013 16:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Slovnaft has completed the restart of its 210,000 tonne/year cracker in Bratislava, Slovakia, the company said on Thursday.

The start-up process at the cracker – shut down for three weeks to allow for reconstruction work –  was on hit by a small fire on 24 June that affected a furnace.

However, with the process completed, the ethylene unit is now operating normally, Slovnaft said.

Slovnaft has reconstructed the cracker as part of a €300m ($389.6m) investment programme that should also see the construction of a 220,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant to by late 2015, replacing existing LDPE installations that have a combined output of approximately 175,000 tonnes/year.

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

($1 = €0.77)

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