NOVA Chemicals declares FM on LDPE from Ontario plant

04 January 2012 22:07  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Polyethylene (PE) producer NOVA Chemicals declared force majeure on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) produced at its Moore, Ontario, facility, sources said on Wednesday.

NOVA had an unplanned outage at its Moore facility in early December. At the time, sources said the facility could take as long as six weeks to restart.

But now, the timeline for repair is uncertain, according to a customer letter obtained by ICIS.

"After further investigation into the unplanned production outage at our Moore low-density polyethylene facility, we have determined that the scope of repair will require our facility to be out of service for an extended period of time," the letter states.

The extended repair timing and insufficient inventories led the company to declare force majeure for all LDPE resins produced at the Moore facility, according to the letter, which added that the force majeure does not affect any of the company's other PE products.

"At this time, we have no firm indication as to when we will be able to supply your needs," the letter states.

The LDPE plant has a capacity of 186,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

A 210,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at the Moore facility was unaffected by the outage, sources said.

NOVA said the letter was accurate.

($1 = €0.77)

For more on NOVA's plants, visit ICIS plants and projects

By: Michelle Klump
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