Turkish petrochemicals producer Petkim plans to start up its expanded 588,000 tons/year cracker in early November. The Aliaga complex’ Ethylene Capacity Expansion project has increased the cracker’s capacity from 520,000 t/y at a cost of $118mn.

Petkim says the ethylene plant will be shut down on 21 July and is expected to be offline for 105 days (ie until 3 November) for connection of new equipment as well as routine maintenance. The complex has a total capacity of 1.96mn t/y. (CONTINUED - 291 WORDS)