Shell declares forces majeures on Moerdijk ethylene, propylene

24 February 2010 10:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals has declared forces majeures on ethylene (C2) and propylene (C3) at its Moerdijk, Netherlands, cracker due to reduced operations following a mechanical problem, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

“Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 23 February) we declared force majeure” he said.

The cracker, which has the capacity to produce 910,000 tonnes/year ethylene and 500,000 tonnes/year propylene, developed a problem which was expected to take around seven days to resolve.

“We are working very hard to serve our customers,” the spokesman said.

Additionally, one of the two crackers operated by Shell at Wesseling in Germany was undergoing a short outage, the spokesman said. However, it was not immediately clear which one.

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By: Nel Weddle
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