Total may close Carling cracker in France:report

30 August 2013 14:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Total may be preparing to close its Carling naphtha cracker in northeast France, according to a report in the French press on Friday.

Business daily Les Echoes, citing a union official, said that the closure of the cracker may not be immediate but would likely take place within two to three years.

Total said it was planning to consult with workers about a "future project" at Carling but did not comment on the cracker. A media official at Total’s headquarters in Paris was not immediately available for additional comment.

According to ICIS’ plants and projects database, Total’s Carling cracker has a capacity of 320,000 tonnes/year of ethylene. Four years ago, Total had already closed down an older cracker unit at Carling.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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