S.Korea's Hanwha Total says naphtha cracker shut after lightning strike

SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea's Hanwha Total said on Monday its naphtha cracker in Daesan has been shut due to power outages caused by a lightning strike.

No injuries were reported, it said.

The lightning strike happened in the afternoon at its plant in Daesan, some 81 mi southwest of Seoul, a company spokesman said.

It was unclear when the 1-MMtpy naphtha cracker would restart, the spokesman said. Naphtha is mainly used to make plastics.

The outages however did not impact operations at a condensate splitter that produces mostly naphtha and some distillates, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Jane Chung in SEOUL; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath

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