08 July 2010 04:35 [Source: ICIS news]
The PE plant was shut early last week along with a 405,000 tonne/year polypropylene plant at the same site due to operational issues, market sources said. ExxonMobil had only confirmed the shutdown at the PE plant and declined to give further details.
The PE facility produces only linear low density PE (LLDPE), but its outage had no significant impact on LLDPE supply in China and southeast Asia due to ample supply from other producers in Thailand and the Middle East, regional importers said.
However, it could not be confirmed if the spot ethylene cargo from Singapore was supply freed up at ExxonMobil’s 900,000 tonne/year cracker after its downstream PE plant was shut.
With additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee
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