INEOS announces unplanned cracker 5 outage at Dormagen, Germany

Source: ICIS News

2011/05/10

LONDON (ICIS)--INEOS’s No 5 cracker at Dormagen, near Cologne, Germany, has been shut down but should come on line soon, Richard Longden, spokesman for the specialty chemicals and oil company, said on Tuesday.

“We have an outage at cracker 5. It’s currently down but we expect it will recover quickly,” Longden said.

The unplanned shutdown occurred on 9 May but no reasons for the outage have been disclosed.

Rumours of a problem at the cracker began to circulate among market players on Tuesday morning.

One source said they had only become aware of a potential problem with supply in the region because buyers were trying to secure prompt propylene (C3) volumes, after the source’s earlier attempts to sell had failed.

INEOS owns and operates two crackers at the site. The No 4 cracker has a nameplate capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year of ethylene (C2), while the No 5 cracker has a nameplate capacity of 660,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, according to ICIS data.

The No 4 cracker is expected to undergo planned maintenance in September.

Meanwhile, market players were also awaiting news of the restart of US giant Dow Chemical’s No 1 cracker at Terneuzen in the Netherlands following planned maintenance.

Restart of the 580,000 tonnes/year ethylene cracker had been expected during the weekend of 7-8 May. It was still down on 9 May, sources said, but its current status is unknown.

($1 = €0.70)

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