Lyondell Basell Announces Carrington LDPE Closure

photograph: LyondellBasell Lyondell Basell has today announced the closure of the Carrington LDPE Plant in Manchester, UK. A company spokesperson said that the plant was no longer economically viable, citing the current market environment, future projections for LDPE and the relatively small scale of the plant (185kT). The closure further magnifies the ethylene supply/demand imbalance in the UK, which now has a significant excess of ethylene. From a personal point of view, this is the plant where I started my career as a young engineer quite some years ago. Initially as an LDPE plant process engineer as subsequently as part of the design team for the 'newer' LDPE production line. Having seen it built and been a part of the commissioning team, I'm very sad to see it go.

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