US ExxonMobil restarts LDPE production in Louisiana

20 August 2010 22:23  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil this week restarted low-density polyethylene (LDPE) production at a unit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a company spokesman said on Friday.

ExxonMobil declared force majeure (FM) on certain grades of LDPE from its Baton Rouge site on 20 July.

Spokesman Kevin Allexon said the company does not discuss the status of supply allocations with the media.

Market sources said the FM in Baton Rouge was due to an unexpected shutdown of a tubular process line with a capacity of 375,000 tonnes/year.

By comparison, sales of LDPE by North American suppliers totalled 6.74bn lb (3.06m tonnes) in 2009.

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