Unipetrol shuts down petrochemical unit following fire in Czech Republic

Unipetrol shuts down petrochemical unit following fire in Czech Republic

5:03 AM, 14th August 2015
Unipetrol shuts down petrochemical unit following fire in Czech Republic

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Unipetrol AS said that yesterday around 9 am at the Chempark Zaluzi plant in Litvinov there was a propylene leakage at the steam cracker unit followed by a blast and fire. As a consequence of the emergency steam cracker unit shutdown a new fire emerged at another part of the unit. Polymer units were subsequently shut down as well which overall represents shutdown of the whole petrochemical production. 

The fire is already being kept under control and the facilities are being cooled down. The remaining propylene in the affected place needs to burn down, therefore the fire will continue in a limited extent for some time. Production at the ammonia unit has been reduced to minimum. Litvinov refinery has not been affected however crude oil throughput has been reduced to minimum due to precautionary reasons.

It is currently too early to estimate the length of the shutdown. Crude oil throughput at the Litvinov refinery will be in any case limited as it is the key provider of feedstock, virgin naphtha, for the steam cracker unit. Estimation of the length of the petrochemical production shutdown, precise impact on the Litvinov refinery utilization for the shutdown period and estimation of negative impact on Unipetrol Group financial results is now subject of further evaluation and analysis which will take several days, it said.

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