Shell shuts down 2 US crackers for maintenance, repairs

27 February 2009 18:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Shell has shut down both its Norco crackers in Louisiana to perform maintenance and repairs, market sources said on Friday.

The company has a combined 1.6m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity at the site. It was not yet known when the units would be restarted, one market participant said.

The outage in Norco forced Shell to declare force majeure on US ethylene deliveries earlier this week, according to sources. A buyer said allocation was set at 80% for March.

No restriction was in place for propylene deliveries, sources said.

A Shell spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The company has two other crackers in Deer Park, Texas, with combined ethylene capacity of 1.4m tonnes/year.

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