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ENI to Close Gela Ethylene Plant

10:23 AM MDT | July 25, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

ENI (Rome) says that its Polimeri Europa subsidiary will permanently close its steam cracker at Gela, Italy. The closure forms part of a plan to upgrade ENI’s refinery at the same site, and will affect about 400 jobs, 33% of the site’s workforce. The upgrade will take place over the next three years, ENI says. The company says that the Gela cracker, with capacity for 250,000 m.t./year of ethylene, is small and uncompetitive, and uses outdated technology. Polimeri will continue to supply its low-density polyethylene plant at Gela with ethylene by...

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