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Shintech to start up its new cracker in Louisiana in December

December 24/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shintech's new 500,000 mt/year cracker in Plaquemine, Louisiana, is yet to start up, reported S&P Global with reference to a source familiar with company operations.

Originally slated to start up in summer 2018, Shintech delayed that milestone to December 2018, then to the first half of this year, and again to this month.

In November Shintech, the US arm of Japan's Shin-Etsu, said the company tried to feed ethane into the new cracker in October and but "were faced with a problem. We are currently making earnest efforts to make adjustments with the aim of starting operation in December."

Shin-Etsu was unavailable for comment Friday.

As MRC wrote before, in February 2019, Shintech was in the "commissioning phase" of its new cracker in Plaquemine. The cracker will expand Shintech's in-house feedstock output and reduce ethylene purchases from other producers. Ethylene from the company's new cracker will be sent as feedstock to Shintech's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production at the same site.

According to MRC's DataScope report, exports of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) from Russia totalled 175,600 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 22% year on year. Imports increased more significantly - by 230% year on year to 48,500 tonnes.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, SPVC, propylene, ethylene, Shin-Etsu, Shintech, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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