Shell ramps up Moerdijk cracker, forces majeures remain in place

02 March 2010 13:13  [Source: ICIS news]

ShellLONDON (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.

Repairs were almost complete but forces majeures on supplies of ethylene (C2) and propylene (C3), which were declared on 23 February, remained in place, the spokesman said.  

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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By: Heidi Finch
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