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Borealis restarts its cracker in Stenungsund

January 20/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borealis has fully resumed production at its steam cracker in Stenungsund, Sweden, reported Polymerupdate.

Thus, the cracker with the capacity of 625,000 mtyear of ethylene was restarted on 15-17 January, 2021. 

Meanwhile, the status of the force majeure on the products from this cracker remains unclear at the moment.

Force majeure at Stenungsund was declared after a fire started at the cracker on 10 May last year. A restart of the cracker was initially planned for the fourth quarter of 2020, a Borealis spokesperson told OPIS in September.

As MRC reported previously, the company began the process of the cracker restart in early January, 2021.

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.

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, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, Borealis, Russia, Sweden.
Category:General News
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