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BASF shuts down unit at steam cracker site in Ludwigshafen, Germany

January 18/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF says it has shut down an unspecified unit at its 420,000-metric ton/year steam cracker site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to a technical defect, reporte Chemweek with reference to OPIS.

Unscheduled flaring started on 13 January at the northern part of the Ludwigshafen site and is expected to last until 17 January, it says. At around 4pm [local time] there was an outage at a unit at the northern part due to a technical defect. The unit will be partially shut down to repair the defect, it says.

BASF did not comment on the exact part of the site or what products might be affected, but confirmed the shutdown had no impact on production. The company operates the worlds largest integrated chemical complex at Ludwigshafen, which employs more than one-third of its global workforce, according to its website.

Only a part of the plant is shut down, the production at the Ludwigshafen site is not affected, a BASF spokesperson says. We do not provide any information about the plant.

BASF operates a second steam cracker at the northern part of Ludwigshafen, according to IHS Markit analysts and data, with a capacity of 240,000 metric tons/year. Crackers I and II mostly function independently of each other, which means that when repair work is being carried out in one facility the other can continue operating as normal, according to BASF on its website. The two crackers process around 2 million metric tons/year of feedstock naphtha.

OPIS is an IHS Markit company.

As MRC informed earlier, BASF has restarted its No. 1 steam cracker following a maintenance turnaorund. Thus, the company resumed operations at the plant on September 30, 2019. The plant was shut for maintenance in mid-August, 2019. Located at Ludwigshafen in Germany, the No. 1 cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 235,000 mt/year and a propylene production capacity of 125,000 mt/year.

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

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia decreased in January-November 2020 by 17% year on year and reached 569,900 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the greatest reduction in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

BASF is the leading chemical company. It produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, industrial gases, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, BASF, Germany, Russia.
Category:General News
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