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BASF: Smaller steam cracker in Ludwigshafen resumes operations

After a fire forced BASF (Ludwigshafen / Germany; www.basf.com) to shut down its smaller steam cracker shortly before Christmas 2009 - the group announced on 29 January 2010 that it had successfully restarted the affected unit.

The news that cracker operations have returned to "business as usual” sends a message of slight improvement to the currently tight ethylene market in Europe.

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