Polimeri to discuss ongoing Porto Marghera strike

13 December 2007 15:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Polimeri Europa officials were meeting union members to discuss the strike at the producer’s Porto Marghera, Italy, ethylene facility, a source close to production said on Thursday.


“The meeting is happening as we speak, but the outcome is still unclear,” said the source.


“We cannot tell how long the strike will go on for,” the source added. “We could restart at Ferrara, or there could be a complete block until the end of the year.”


The industrial action at Porto Marghera, which had begun on 19 November has affected low density polyethylene (LDPE) production at Polimeri’s downstream PE plant at Ferrara.


LDPE production was halted on 4 December due to C2 constraints.


Polimeri Europa has the capacity to produce 490,000 tonnes/year ethylene at Porto Marghera, 110,000 tonnes/year of LDPE at Ferrara and 140,000 tonnes/year of high density PE (HDPE) at Porto Torres.


The exact status of the Porto Marghera cracker remained unclear, but sources have previously suggested that was running at a technical minimum.


In addition to this, Polimeri Europa's force majeure on linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is still in place at Brindisi.


Producers at the site include Arkema, INEOS ChlorVinyls, Polimeri Europa, Solvay and Syndial.


By: Adal Rafiq
+44 20 8652 3214

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