18 September 2008 14:53 [Source: ICIS news]
(Updates, adds DuPont and Olin/PolyOne force majeure declarations)
TORONTO (ICIS news)--DuPont on Thursday declared force majeure (FM) on its ethylene copolymers business due to damage caused by Hurricane Ike to its Sabine plant in Orange, Texas, joining the long list of companies that have made such announcements in the wake of Ike.
DuPont could not say when it would restart operations in Orange.
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“Our operations team at the site is completing assessments of storm damage so that this process can begin as soon as possible,” he added.
Earlier in the day, US chlor-alkali producer Olin and polymer firm PolyOne declared force majeure at their 275,000 tonne/year caustic soda SunBelt joint-venture plant in McIntosh, Alabama, until further notice.
The plant had been shut down because Oxy Vinyls, which is
Meanwhile, Olin lifted force majeure on its 180,000 tonne/year chlorine and 200,000 tonne/year caustic soda plants in St Gabriel,
The Port Neches facility could produce up to 240,000 tonnes/year of
The declaration also covered alkylates made at Huntsman’s Chocolate Bayou plant; surfactants and other products made at its
Huntsman offered no timetable for plant restarts.
“We are continuing to evaluate Hurricane Ike’s impact on our ability to manufacture and deliver products produced in these facilities, but at this point in time none of the plants are operational, there are extensive power outages as well as raw material and transportation constraints,” said divisional president Don Stanutz.
Earlier on Wednesday, Solvay said its
The area around the 120,000 tonne/year plant was subject to a mandatory evacuation, Solvay said. In addition, a night curfew was still in effect.
Many of Solvay's suppliers and vendors were affected by the hurricane, the company said.
Solvay would enforce a 75% allocation programme for hydrogen peroxide, effective immediately, the company said. The allocation programme could remain in place for at least 60 days.
Solvay said hurricane disruptions could cost the company at least 7-10 days of production at its plant in
Solvay isone of several companies to declare force majeure as a result of disruptions caused by Hurricane Ike.
Ike slammed into the
Additional reporting by Gene Lockard, Al Greenwood and Brian Ford in
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