BASF declares force majeure on EO at US plant – sources

23 January 2012 22:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BASF has declared force majeure on ethylene oxide (EO) produced at its plant in Geismar, Louisiana, market sources said on Monday.

BASF itself did not identify the plant in a letter it sent to customers, and it did not immediately respond to a question regarding the location of the plant.

In the letter, BASF said it declared force majeure because of an extensive mechanical failure of a critical piece of equipment.

As a result, BASF declared force majeure on EO and on its EO-containing Pluracol products, including conventional and graft products, the company said. The force majeure will continue through February 2012.

BASF will continue its efforts to seek EO from alternate sources, and it will allocate available supplies of Pluracol in a fair and equitable manner, the company said. However, BASF will not be able to produce Pluracol 4156, and material will not be available.

BASF operates the 220,000 tonne/year EO plant in Geismar, Louisiana.

Additional reporting by Leela Landress

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