S.Korea's Hanwha Total Says Naphtha Cracker Shut After Lightning Strike



SEOUL, July 17 (Reuters) - South Korea's Hanwha Total said on Monday its naphtha cracker in Daesan has been shut due to power outages caused by a lightning strike.

No injuries were reported, it said.

The lightning strike happened in the afternoon at its plant in Daesan, some 130 kilometres (about 81 miles) southwest of Seoul, a company spokesman said.

It was unclear when the 1 million-tonne-per-year naphtha cracker would restart, the spokesman said. Naphtha is mainly used to make plastics.

The outages however did not impact operations at a condensate splitter that produces mostly naphtha and some distillates, the spokesman said.

(Reporting By Jane Chung in SEOUL; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)



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