Elba Eastern declares force majeure on Singapore SM/PO plant

26 August 2011 12:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Singapore-based Elba Eastern announced force majeure on propylene oxide (PO) production at its Jurong Island facility in a letter to its customers, said market sources on Friday.  

As a result, PO allocation to customers will be cut by 50%, the sources added. The plant underwent an unscheduled shutdown earlier this week.

Company officials, however, could not be reached for further comment.

The facility is in Seraya, on Jurong Island, near Singapore, and is a 50:50 joint venture between Shell Eastern Petroleum and BASF South East Asia. It will be shut for one week because of unspecified mechanical problems.

It has an annual output of 250,000 tonnes/year of PO and 550,000 tonnes/year of styrene monomer (SM).

Additional reporting by Vikki Shen and Caroline Zhang

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By: Chan Jingyi
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