Shell's Moerdijk cracker at full rates, forces majeures remain

08 March 2010 14:41  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Shell Chemical’s Moerdijk cracker in the Netherlands is running at full rates but ethylene (C2), propylene (C3) and styrene forces majeures are still in place, a company spokesman said on Monday.

“The Moerdijk cracker is now back to full capacity,” the spokesman said, adding that forces majeures had not been lifted because of the volumes lost earlier this month.

Another source said that the company had implemented an 80% volume allocation, but this was not confirmed.

The Moerdijk cracker, which has the capacity to produce 910,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 500,000 tonnes/year of propylene, developed a mechanical problem last month which caused it to run at reduced rates.

C2, C3 forces majeures declarations were made on 23 February and on styrene on 25 February. Repairs were completed and the cracker was ramping up capacity by 2 March.

Heidi Finch contributed to this article
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