BP Chemicals declares force majeure on UK acetic acid

10 June 2011 13:59  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BP Chemicals has declared force majeure on acetic acid out of its Hull, UK, plant and is expecting repairs to its A4 line to last for 50 days, it said on Friday.

“Allocation with effect from today is 40% for June,” spokesman Robert Wine said.

A problem with the heating system for the new reformer on the 380,000 tonne/year A4 line forced a shutdown on 8 June. Force majeure came into effect at midnight on 9 June, Wine added.

The new reformer began producing on 11 February 2011.

The UK-based producer has a total capacity at the Hull acetic acid site of 532,000 tonnes/year. The second line, A5, is not affected.

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By: Caroline Murray
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