19 September 2008 00:40 [Source: ICIS news]
Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined “Update: US forces majeures spike on Ike” dated 18 September 2008, please read in the first paragraph … issued a sales allocation … instead of … declared force majeure … ExxonMobil did not return calls from ICIS news on Thursday but contacted ICIS news on Friday to say it had not declared force majeure but had communicated sales allocations. A corrected story follows.(Adds details, updates throughout)
ExxonMobil was allocating sales at approximately 50% of average consumption over the past six months, the buyer said.
ExxonMobil warned its polypropylene (PP) customers of a possible sales allocation due to disruptions along the ?xml:namespace>
A source told ICIS news that ExxonMobil had declared force majeure on polyethylene but the company did not return calls on Thursday seeking confirmation. ExxonMobil contacted ICIS news on Friday to say that it had not declared force majeure but had “communicated allocations of certain products”.
ExxonMobil contacted ICIS news on Friday to say that it had not declared force majeure but had “communicated allocations of certain products”.ExxonMobil said its
ExxonMobil did not provide details about its Mont Belvieu site in
Customers said polyolefins sales allocations or controls were also in place for LyondellBasell and other producers. LyondellBasell did not respond to an inquiry.
Acetone capacity at Shell’s
“Our business units are also currently in the process of working with third party suppliers and terminals to re-establish our usual sources of supply in a safe and environmentally sound manner,” Shell said in a statement.
“Both Shell facilities and our third party supply and terminal facilities have suffered various degrees of loss of electrical power from the public power and communications grids, unavailability of feedstocks, raw materials and services [eg steam, air, nitrogen, water, electricity, natural gas] facilities and utilities used to make our products, the lack of adequate staff to safely resume operations, and the loss of the transportation systems used for the delivery of products,” Shell continued.
“Hurricane Ike’s impacts to the power grid and to the transportation system [including railroads, pipelines, truck and marine traffic] are not isolated to the immediate plant areas and in fact extend through parts of
Rohm and Haas declared force majeure (FM) on acrylate, methacrylate and specialty monomer products.
The Rohm and Haas products are made at its
Although the plants "fared reasonably well" through Hurricane Ike, they have been unable to restart due to "multiple disruptions among suppliers and distributors along the [Houston] ship channel]", Rohm and Haas said.
Minor repairs and clean-up at the plants were under way, the company said, but the sites could be brought on line without access to energy and raw materials.
Additional reporting by Larry Terry, Heather Doyle McGuire, Brian Ford and Al Greenwood
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