BP declares force majeure Hull, UK acetic acid after plant leak

27 April 2012 10:49  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BP has declared force majeure on acetic acid supplies from its Hull plant in the UK following a leak, a company spokesman said on Friday.

The company placed its customers on 50% allocation from midnight on 26-27 April, the source said.

Force majeure was declared following a "loss of containment" at the site’s A4 production unit on 24 April.

BP estimates that repairs will take around 30 days, and buyers are likely to remain on allocation until the end of May, the source said.

The A4 unit is one of two acetic acid units that BP operates at the site, the other being a swing unit that can also produce acetic anhydride.

The BP acetic acid plant has a total nameplate capacity of 532,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS data.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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