May 2009

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HP Construction: Europe

 BASF has idled the smaller of its two steam crackers at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to continuing weak demand. The temporary shutdown of the cracker, which has a capacity of 220,000 ..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

 BASF has idled the smaller of its two steam crackers at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to continuing weak demand. The temporary shutdown of the cracker, which has a capacity of 220,000 metric tpy of ethylene, was planned for the middle of April and expected to last at least three months. Overall, a total of five production lines are currently idled at the Ludwigshafen Verbund site, and an additional 60 production lines are operating at very low capacity utilization rates. BASF has reduced its production capacities worldwide by more than 25%.   ExxonMobil recently inaugurated its newest cogeneration plant at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium. In addition to generating

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