Repsol Tarragona LDPE incident will not affect cracker downtime

14 November 2013 11:54  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--An incident at Repsol’s low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit at Tarragona in Spain will not impact on the maintenance currently underway at the company’s nearby cracker, sources close to the company said on Thursday.

According to Spanish media reports, there was an explosion on 10 November caused by a control valve failure which led to a leak of ethylene. The reports added that the incident was quickly dealt with and posed no risk to people or the environment.

Sources said that the LDPE unit was heading into planned maintenance and therefore the impact on the market at large would be limited.

Repsol’s 702,000 tonnes/year cracker at Tarragona has been on planned maintenance since 1 October. Restart is expected around 25 November.

Dow Chemical recently announced that it would idle its cracker at Tarragona because of challenging conditions and an unclear demand picture for PE.

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