05 August 2004 16:33 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--BASF on Thursday declared force majeure on supplies of ethylene following the forced closure yesterday of its Number 2 steam cracker at Ludwigshafen, Germany.
The German chemicals group said the cracker, which has compressor problems, is expected to be out of action for about 10 days.
A spokeswoman for BASF told CNI that ethylene customers supplied from its Ludwigshafen and Antwerp, Belgium crackers, which are operated as part of one 'Verbund', would be restricted to 90% of nominated quantities for August.
The supply restriction, which is for ethylene only, will be applied equally to internal and external customers, the BASF spokeswoman stressed.
BASF's Number 2 cracker at Ludwigshafen has a capacity for about 410 00 tonne/year of ethylene and 230 000 tonne/year of propylene. The Number 1 cracker, which has an ethylene capacity of 210 000 tonne/year and a propylene capacity of 140 000 tonne, is operating normally, according to BASF.
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