SABIC hopes to bring UK cracker online by Friday: reports

10 July 2014 12:49 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--SABIC UK hopes to complete the restart of its cracker at Wilton in the UK by Friday, according to local media reports on Thursday.

According to the reports, “a number of technical difficulties” had led to delays during the restart of the 865,000 tonnes/year of ethylene cracker.

The cracker had been down for planned maintenance since 5 May.

The company had apologised to residents living near the facility for the prolonged bright and noisy flaring from the site.

Saudi Arabia-headquartered SABIC confirmed to ICIS yesterday that it had declared force majeure on some grades of  low density polyethylene (LDPE) which it also produces in Wilton because of some technical issues rather than as a result of the cracker delay. The company would not comment on the current status of the cracker’s operations.

SABIC’s butadiene (BD) unit at the site was also down for maintainance alongside the cracker, and consequently restart of this unit is also delayed.

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By Nel Weddle