UpdateShell confirms propylene FM, cites extended Norco outage

17 December 2010 21:41  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Shell on Friday confirmed it had declared force majeure (FM) on propylene, citing an extended outage at its GO-1 Norco cracker in Louisiana.

The company shut down the 558,000 tonne/year unit in the first week of December after a steam line ruptured.

Shell said the duration of the outage had been extended and the final start-up date was not yet known.

The restriction on propylene was set at 85%, sources said.

Shell has also put US ethylene on FM at 90% of deliveries. That restriction was announced immediately after the outage.

Shell has a second cracker in Norco, OL-5, with 862,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.

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