Total to restart Carling cracker shut since July

Total Petrochemicals France has embarked on the process of restarting its steam cracker at Carling-Saint Avold, shut since an explosion in July. Only the undamaged unit of the two at the site will be in operation. Operations will resume at full hilt by mid-December with. The second unit is expected to be brought back into service in April 2010 when the facility will return to normal operations. The plant produces 170,000 tpa of PE and 180,000 tpa of PS using naphtha as feedstock. The accident occurred in July during operations when a production unit vapeur a explosé pour une raison encore inconnue.exploded for unknown reasons and killed two workers and injured six others.Total Petrochemicals France operates through three industrial sites located in Saint-Avold Carling (Moselle) in Gonfreville-l'Orcher and Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon (Seine-Maritime), a center of technical expertise in Lyon (Rhone), a hub of research and development in Mont-Lacq (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), two sales offices based in Paris and Lyons and a headquarters in Paris.
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