BP halts PX production at Alabama site following power outage

05 May 2011 19:00  [Source: ICIS news]

BP PX plantHOUSTON (ICIS)--BP’s paraxylene (PX) facility in Decatur, Alabama, has ceased production following a storm-related power outage at the site, the company said on Thursday.

No damage to the plant was reported, and BP said production would resume as soon as a reliable power supply had been established.

The Decatur plant has a PX capacity of 1.1m tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Indorama and INEOS Styrenics declared force majeure (FM) on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polystyrene (PS) supply respectively at the Decatur site following the loss of power last week.

BP also confirmed on Wednesday that it is in the process of restarting its PX units at Texas City, Texas.

Provided the units restart as planned, the company said it does not anticipate any disruption to purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production due to a lack of PX supply.

The producer’s PX facilities, which have an annual capacity of 1.22m tonnes, were affected by the failure of the site’s electrical grid on 25 April.

BP has not declared force majeure on PX supply from either Texas City or Decatur.

Other major US paraxylene producers include Chevron Phillips Chemical, Flint Hills Resources and ExxonMobil Chemical.

For more on paraxylene, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Samuel Weatherlake
+44 20 8652 3214

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