Naphtachimie Lavera cracker to restart in March – INEOS

Author: Tom Brown

2013/01/25

LONDON (ICIS)--Naphtachimie’s cracker at Lavera in the south of France is expected to resume partial operation in March this year following a fire at one of the unit’s main compressors, INEOS said on Friday.

The cracker is expected to run at reduced rates from the first half of March, as repair work continues, the company said.

Damage to the plant reported on 22 December 2012 was relatively localised and repair work is now well underway,” said an INEOS spokesman.

A 50:50 joint venture between Switzerland-headquartered INEOS and France-headquartered Total, the Naphtachimie cracker has a capacity of 120,000 tonnes/year of butadiene (BD) and 775,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 540,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

The 22 December fire led to a complete shutdown of the facility, and earlier estimates from market sources indicated that the facility may not run at full rates for up to 12 months following the accident.