02 March 2010 13:13 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals is ramping up its Moerdijk cracker in the Netherlands following a mechanical problem that led to reduced operating rates, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
The company later declared force majeure on styrene as a result of the problem, which had caused the cracker to run at reduced operating rates since early last week.
Repair work had originally been expected to take seven days but Shell Chemicals extended this by three days on Monday.
The cracker has the capacity to produce 910,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 500,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.
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