22 May 2002 13:35 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--Shell's isopropanol (IPA) plant at Pernis, The Netherlands is currently running below full capacity partly due to a shortage in propylene feedstock supplies, a spokeswoman told CNI on Wednesday.
The plant, which has a capacity of 250 000 tonne/year, has been operating below full capacity for about a week. The spokeswoman at the Anglo-Dutch group did not reveal the exact reduction in output.
Market sources said the fall in Shell's IPA output was linked to the declaration of force majeure by Dow Chemical last week on ethylene and propylene supplies from Terneuzen, The Netherlands. The Shell spokeswoman declined to comment on this linkage.
Dow Chemical imposed the restriction following a power failure on 13 May that disrupted steam supply at the Terneuzen site. Earlier today, Dow announced that the force majeure declaration on ethylene would be lifted at 15:00 hours central European time (13:00 GMT). However, the force majeure declaration on propylene is to remain until further notice.
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