22 March 2012 10:24 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--INEOS has lifted the force majeure on propylene supplies at its site in Cologne, Germany, following resumed output at its No 4 cracker, according to company correspondence seen by ICIS on Thursday.
The plant restarted operations on 7 March and although the start-up was not as smooth as hoped for, the company was confident enough to lift the force majeure last week.
According to the company's correspondence, the removal of the force majeure was attributed to the operating rates that had already been achieved, as well as some other reasonable actions taken within its system.
Switzerland-headquartered chemicals company INEOS had declared force majeure on propylene supplies at the site in the second half of February, following an unexpected outage at the No 4 cracker caused by technical problems
INEOS has two crackers at the Cologne site – which have nameplate capacities of 450,000 tonnes/year and 660,000 tonnes/year for ethylene – and an overall nameplate capacity of 655,000 tonnes/year for propylene, according to ICIS records.
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