08 January 2014 16:20 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical’s 650,000 tonnes/year ethylene cracker at Tarragona in Spain is back online and running "at full blast" having been idled in December for market reasons, a company source said on Wednesday.
The cracker has been back in operation since 3 January.
Dow said in November that it would take the cracker offline from 1 December because of challenging market conditions and an unclear demand picture for polyethylene (PE).
The cracker’s return to production will help ease the ethylene and propylene supply tightness that had been felt in the Mediterranean area following ongoing issues at Naptachimie’s Lavera, France cracker and the continuing absence of the Libyan cracker.
These were both exacerbated by the restart delays of Repsol’s own cracker at Tarragona.
A company spokesman for Repsol confirmed that its 702,000 tonnes/year ethylene cracker had restarted and was running normally last week.
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