Croatia's Dioki to shut Zagreb cracker for 2 wks from 29 May

Source: ICIS News

2005/05/23

LONDON (CNI)--Croatian petrochemicals company Dioki said Monday it will begin a yearly overhaul of its Zagreb ethylene cracker on 29 May.

The maintenance work will last around two weeks, a company source said.

Operating rates at the 90,000 tonne/year cracker will be reduced to around 34% in June, down from 53% in May.

Production levels at the plant have been reduced in recent months due to ethane supply issues. The Zagreb plant is one of a small number of crackers in Europe which take ethane as a feedstock, instead of the more commonly used naphtha.

It was not immediately clear what impact, if any, the outage will have on Dioki's downstream plants at Zagreb and on the company's customers. Dioki operates an 85 000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (ldPE) plant, 57 000 tonne/year polystyrene (PS) unit and 12 000 tonne expandable polystyrene (EPS) plant at Zagreb.