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LyondellBasell delays start-up of expanded Corpus Christi cracker
HOUSTON, July 22, 2016 (PCW) –- LyondellBasell has delayed the restart of its expanded Corpus Christi ethylene unit until the end of September.
In its first-quarter earnings call, CEO Bob Patel said the cracker would be up and running “in the latter half of 3Q.” The market had expected a mid-August restart.
The cracker’s capacity is currently 1.7 billion lbs/yr. It is being expanded with an additional 800 million lb/yr, allowing it to crack an additional 22,000 b/d of ethane. Current NGL demand for cracking is about 25,000 b/d of ethane; 10,000 b/d of propane and 5,000 b/d of butane.
It went down for its turnaround on April 18. -- Samantha Hartke