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Borealis cracker in Stenungsund remains shut in December

December 10/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The light-feed 625,000-metric tons/year Borealis steam cracker at Stenungsund, Sweden, is remained shut as of early December after a fire broke out at the plant in May, reported Chemweek.

And there are no update on this cracker's restart.

The cracker has been under force majeure for over half a year after the blaze at the plant on 10 May, which was subsequently brought under control the following day.

"The restart will be in Q4 this year," a Borealis spokesperson told OPIS in early September, 2020.

The Stenungsund cracker is known to have substantial cavern storage for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as feedstock, believed to be in excess of 300,000 metric tons for propane alone, according to sources. Borealis has continued to import cargoes while the steam cracker is offline, with an estimated 270,000 metric tons of LPG imported to the site in the months following the declaration of force majeure, according to OPIS records. Initially, the restart was to begin in November, according to trading sources.

Borealis also operates a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at Kallo, Belgium, and has started construction on a second PDH unit at the same location, with a last known start-up date pegged for the second quarter of 2022, according to the company. The PDH plant was said at the time to cost USD1 billion and have the capacity to produce 750,000 metric tons/year of propylene.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,760,950 tonnes in the first ten months of 2020, up by 3% year on year. Only high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 978,870 tonnes in  January-October 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports minus producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,500 and operates in over 120 countries.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, PP random copolymer, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, Borealis, Belgium, Russia, Sweden.
Category:General News
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