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Repsol restarts Tarragona PE units, ships ethylene from Sines

6:19 AM MST | December 13, 2013 | —Natasha Alperowicz

Repsol has restarted production at its high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plants at Tarragona, Spain, following a maintenance turnaround at the site’s steam cracker and polyethylene (PE) units. The HDPE plant is designed to produce 150,000 m.t./year and the LDPE unit 213,000 m.t./year. However, the company is not restarting operations at the cracker, which has capacity for 702,000 m.t./year of ethylene, for technical reasons. “The restart of the Tarragona cracker is a particularly demanding technical challenge because...

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