Production updates at US olefin producers
LyondellBasell will restart its 771,000 tons/year steam cracker in Corpus Christi, Texas, on December 7, after a scheduled maintenance, sources said. The cracker was shut in the beginning of November for a 363,000 tons/year expansion.
Another US olefin producer, Dow Chemical, reportedly restarted its 728,000 ton/year No 3 production complex in Plaquemine, Louisiana, after a planned maintenance. The maintenance, which was intended to increase its ethylene production capacity, started in mid-September and lasted for around three months, sources said.
Market sources also said that US olefin producer Chevron Phillips restarted its 835,000 tons/year Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas on November 28. The plant was shut in the beginning of September due to some technical issues for 50-60 days.
Meanwhile, Formosa Plastics, a fourth US olefin producer, is reportedly readying to shut its 816,000 tons/year No 2 ethylene plant in Point Comfort, Texas for maintenance. The maintenance is expected to start in January 2017 and last for 40-60 days, sources said.
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