02 March 2012 12:44 [Source: ICIS news]
(adds details of the force majeure)
LONDON (ICIS)--Shell Chemicals declared force majeure on 1 March 2012 for all cracker products apart from butadiene at its Moerdijk facility in the Netherlands with immediate effect, the company said on Friday.
The company said that C2, C3 cracker products were affected, as well as isoprene and acetylene, but butadiene was not in a force majeure situation, following an unforeseen increase in fouling in its ethylene cracker system at the site.
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.
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