Ras Lanuf Refinery Still Closed

The cracker refinery at Ras Lanuf has not restarted and there are no signs that it will restart in the near future, a company source has said.

The news contradicts recent reports suggesting a restart in the second half of May, and that Libya could be ready to export from early June.

The company source told ICIS, "even if it [the cracker] restarts, it will take 30 days to fill the tank".

The last news directly from NOC was that a restart was unlikely before the start of 2013.

The plant, which was closed by the revolution in February 2011, can produce 330,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, and 170,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

(Source: ICIS)

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