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  1. Unipetrol: Litvinov ethylene plant restart likely to take months

    Unipetrol AS will not have a definite timeframe for restarting production at its Chempark Zaluzi petrochemical complex in Litvinov, Czech Republic, until it completes an investigation into the mid-August explosion and ensuing fire at the site’s 544,000-tonne/year (tpy) ethylene plant ( OGJ Online, Aug. 14, 2015 ). The company will undertake an assessment of the full extent of damages to processing units and determine a plan for requisite repairs after finalizing a joint investigation into the incident currently under way with a special team of Czech Republic police and fire officials, Unipetrol said. While the company said it hopes to reestablish at least some production at the site in the near term, a timeframe for the possible restart of full production at the plant remains uncertain, according to Marek Sitajewski, Unipetrol’s chief executive officer and chairman. “Regarding reestablishing [full petrochemical operations at the plant], we are talking approximately about the horizon of months rather than weeks,” Switajewski said. The Aug. 13 explosion, which occurred following a propylene leak at the plant’s steam cracker, was followed by fires in two separate parts of the unit, forcing a complete halt to petrochemical production at the complex. While the plant’s steam cracker, polypropylene unit, and two polyethylene units will remain offline until further notice, Unipetrol subsidiary Ceska Rafinerska AS’s nearby 5.4 million-tpy Litvinov refinery, which acts as key supplier of naphtha feedstock for the cracker, continues to operate at minimum rates. Unipetrol reduced crude throughputs at the Litvinov refinery as a precautionary measure following the Aug. 13 cracker fire. While the Litvinov refinery continues to produce limited volumes of gasoline and diesel, Unipetrol’s declaration of a force majeure on petrochemical production supply agreements with its customers remains in place. The Litvinov steam cracker also experienced unplanned shutdowns in June and July that occurred alongside unidentified technical difficulties, Unipetrol said. A subsidiary of Polski Koncern Naftowy SA (PKN Orlen), Unipetrol reported in July that it would continue to work during this year’s second half on two major projects at the Chempark Zaluzi complex, including a revamp of the complex’s T700 onsite power plant as well as a reconstruction of the steam cracker’s pyrolysis furnace BA-102. The company has not indicated the Aug. 13 incident at Chempark Zaluzi incident was related to any associated work on the planned major projects. Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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    Wed, 26 Aug 2015

  2. OxyChem-Mexichem JV lets contract for ethylene storage

    Ingleside Ethylene LLC, a 50-50 joint venture of Occidental Chemical Corp. (OxyChem) and Mexichem SAB de CV (Mexichem), has let a contract to CB&I, Houston, to provide engineering, procurement, and construction for an ethylene storage complex in Markham, Tex. The complex will be built as part of ...

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2015

  3. 2013 ethylene output rises; growth to continue in early 2014

    US ethylene producers will complete four incremental expansions and continue to increase ethane-based production capacity in 2014. These projects will increase capacity by 2.8 billion lb/year.

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    Mon, 3 Mar 2014

  4. Rising demand, low-cost feed spur ethylene capacity growth

    Global ethylene production capacity in 2013 rose at faster rates compared with 2012 and 2011 but still more slowly than record-setting capacity expansions achieved during 2010, according to Oil & Gas Journal's latest survey of the industry.

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    Mon, 7 Jul 2014

  1. Maintenance slows first-half 2014 US ethylene production

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    Mon, 1 Sep 2014

  2. Unipetrol declares force majeure at Czech ethylene plant

    Unipetrol AS has shuttered production at its Chempark Zaluzi petrochemical complex in Litvinov, Czech Republic, following an explosion and ensuing fire at the site’s 544,000-tonne/year (tpy) ethylene plant.

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    Fri, 14 Aug 2015

  3. WoodMac: Global ethylene demand, production on the rise

    Ethylene -producing assets that have access to low-cost natural gas feedstocks, such as the ones in North America, will lead the competition in global ethylene markets, Wood Mackenzie researchers said, adding that ethylene producers will have to utilize different strategies depending on their ...

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    Thu, 20 Mar 2014

  4. Shintech advances plan for ethylene plant in Louisiana

    Shintech Inc., the US subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd., Tokyo, is moving forward with its plan to build a grassroots ethylene production plant in Louisiana’s Iberville Parish.

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  5. Lukoil restarts ethylene production at Stavrolen complex

    Lukoil has resumed production of ethylene and propylene at its 350,000-tonne/year Stavrolen petrochemical complex in Budennovsk, Russia, following a February 2014 fire that broke out in the plant’s ethylene production unit gas separation area.

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    Tue, 7 Apr 2015

  6. Global ethylene capacity poised for major expansion

    Global ethylene capacity grew in 2012 at about the same pace as in 2011, and in both years capacity grew more slowly than the prior 3 years, according to the latest Oil & Gas Journal's survey of the industry.

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    Mon, 1 Jul 2013

  7. US OLEFINS FIRST-HALF 2013: Ethylene production prospects clouded by first-half turnarounds

    US ethylene producers in both first and second quarters 2013 improved on the results of second-half 2012 and maintained output above the historic mid-range of 145 million lb/day.

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    Mon, 2 Sep 2013

  8. Global ethylene capacity continues advance in 2011

    Global ethylene production capacity moved ahead in 2011 but much more slowly than the record-setting pace for 2010, according to Oil & Gas Journal's latest survey of the industry.

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    Mon, 2 Jul 2012

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