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Dow Chemical failed to restart its No 1 cracker at Terneuzen

May 04/2011

(ICIS) -- Dow Chemical failed to restart its No 1 cracker at Terneuzen, the Netherlands, over the 30 April1 May weekend following planned maintenance, a company source said on Tuesday. During the start-up there was an issue detected and [the cracker's restart] has been postponed until this equipment is opened up and repaired, the source said. The cracker will be restarted as soon as the issue is resolved, the source added.


The cracker, which has the capacity to produce 580 KTa of ethylene (C2), is one of three that Dow Chemical operates at its Terneuzen site.


Planned maintenance work on the cracker, as well as on the associated butadiene (BD) extraction unit, began around 11 March.


The 180 KTa BD extraction unit has already been restarted and is expected to ramp up operating rates upon the successful restart of the cracker, according to another company source.


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