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BASF Shuts Two Crackers After Fires Break Out

8:11 AM MST | December 30, 2009 | Lindsey Bewley

BASF has shut down one of its main olefins complexes at Ludwigshafen, Germany, following a fire on the morning of December 23. This is the second BASF cracker to be shut down by a blaze over the course of one week, and leaves the company with only one operational cracker in Europe.   The Ludwigshafen cracker has the capacity to produce about 220,000 m.t./year of ethylene and 140,000 m.t./year of propylene. The blaze did not affect the second cracker at the site and downstream supply has not been disrupted, sources say. No injuries were reported. Buyers were...

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