China’s Shanghai SECCO shuts LLDPE/PP units on cracker issue

18 July 2013 04:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical has shut its 300,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit and its 250,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit in Shanghai because of an technical issue at its cracker, market sources said on Thursday.

The shutdown is expected to last for about three to four days, the market sources said, adding that the shutdown will have little impact on the market given its short duration.

Separately, a source close to the company said the 1.2m tonne/year naphtha cracker was shut in the afternoon of 17 July but it is now in the process of being restarted.

Meanwhile, the company’s 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit at the same site is running at reduced rate, according to the market sources.

Officials from Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical were not immediately available to comment on the shutdown of the plants.

Additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee

By: Lizzie Yu

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