Unipetrol’s cracker in second unplanned shutdown in two months

18 September 2013 10:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Unipetrol’s 545,000 tonne/year ethylene steam cracker has gone into an unplanned shutdown that is expected to last two weeks, the Czech refiner and petrochemical company said on Tuesday night.

The shutdown, caused by unexpected technical difficulties, would also limit polymer production at the site of the cracker, Chempark Zaluzi in Litvinov in the northern Czech Republic. It could also affect refinery units that provide feedstock to the unit, it added.

The company’s production installations at the site include a 270,000 tonne/year propylene plant, a 275,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit and a 320,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant.

Unipetrol preliminarily estimated that the hit to production would cost the company approximately koruny (Kc) 60m ($3.1m, €2.3m).

The same cracker was restarted on 29 July by Unipetrol after a shutdown that had started on 16 July due to a cracked pipe that led to a leakage of steam.

Unipetrol is 63% owned by Poland's PKN Orlen oil and petrochemicals group.

($1 = €0.75, $1 = Kc19.26, €1 = Kc25.73)

By: Will Conroy
+44 20 8652 3214

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