Hungary’s TVK restarts fire-hit LDPE II after 10-month shutdown

29 July 2013 09:43  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--TVK has restarted its 65,000 tonne/year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) II installation, which was out of action for nearly 10 months following a fire in October of last year, the Hungarian petrochemical producer said on Monday.

The forced shutdown of LDPE II – a 22-year-old facility located in Tiszaujvaros, northeastern Hungary, which uses BASF tubular technology – left TVK without any LDPE production capacity, as the company’s LDPE I plant was closed in 2007 after 37 years of operation.

The Hungarian National Directorate General for Disaster Management determined that the fire was caused by material used in the production of plastics that caught fire in a pipe.

New technical and safety measures have been introduced in consultation with external experts to safeguard future LDPE II production, TVK said.

The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hungarian oil, gas and petrochemicals group MOL.

MOL’s other LDPE output of 175,000 tonnes/year is produced by Slovak subsidiary Slovnaft, which uses autoclave technology.


By: Will Conroy
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