30 September 2013 10:36 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Unipetrol has initiated the restart process for its 545,000 tonne/year ethylene steam cracker and expects it to resume standard operation from 2 October, the Czech refiner and petrochemical producer said on Monday.
A shutdown of the cracker, caused by unexpected technical difficulties which were not disclosed by the company, began on 18 September.
It was the second unplanned shutdown to hit the cracker, located in Chempark Zaluzi in Litvinov in the northern Czech Republic, within two months. The previous incident, which saw the operation of the unit stopped from 16-29 July, was caused by a cracked pipe that caused steam leakage, Unipetrol said.
Polymer production at Unipetrol was limited during the period of the latest shutdown, the company said.
Unipetrol is 63% owned by Poland's PKN Orlen oil and petrochemicals group.
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