02 March 2012 11:33 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Shell Chemicals has declared force majeure on 1 March 2012 for all cracker products with immediate effect, because of an unforeseen increase in fouling in its ethylene cracker system at Moerdijk, in the Netherlands, the company said on Friday.
Shell Chemicals said essential repair work is underway. The timeframe for completion of repairs is still being assessed, with a clearer view expected to be available by mid-March, it added.
The company said it is making all reasonable efforts to mitigate the effects of production problems.
Shell Chemicals has a nameplate capacity at its Moerdijk cracker of 910,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, 500,000 tonnes/year for propylene and 115,000 tonnes/year of butadiene, according to ICIS records.
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