French PE site not affected by Total Carling cracker closure: INEOS

10 September 2013 23:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--INEOS' high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at Sarralbe in northeast France will be able to continue to operate despite the planned closure of Total’s 320,000 tonne/year Carling naphtha cracker in 2015, INEOS said on Tuesday.

INEOS spokesman Richard Longden told ICIS that as part of the announcement to close the cracker, Total had said it would invest in the logistics necessary to ensure the delivery of ethylene and propylene to its customers in the region.

“This potentially allows INEOS to operate the Sarralbe HDPE plant beyond the Carling cracker closure” in 2015, Longden said in an emailed statement.

"Although information is somewhat limited at this time, we generally welcome the commitment from Total to invest in the logistics necessary to ensure the delivery of ethylene and propylene to customers in the region, which should allow these assets to continue to operate after the closure of the Carling cracker in 2015," he added.

“INEOS customers are unaffected by [Total’s] announcement [to close the cracker] and INEOS continues to focus on the safe and reliable operation of the Sarralbe facility to 2015 and beyond," he said.

INEOS' polypropylene (PP) unit at Sarralbe has not been supplied by the Carling cracker for many years and therefore is not impacted by the planned cracker closure, he said.

Longden also said that INEOS is "considering a number of strategic options for the supply of ethylene beyond 2015".

An economics and social advisory council for France’s Lorraine region, CESE Lorraine, suggested last week that INEOS and other regional downstream chemical producers could be supplied by building a feedstock pipeline from BASF’s petrochemicals and naphtha cracking hub across the border in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

According to information on INEOS’ website, the company has production capacities for 195,000 tonnes/year of HDPE and 90,000 tonnes/year of PP at Sarralbe.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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