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

27 April 2012 12:38  [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 spokesman said.

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

Another company source confirmed that the leak occurred at the plant's reformer and involved syngas only. The leak was internal and did not constitute a health hazard, the source said.

BP estimates that repairs will take around 30 days, and buyers are likely to remain on allocation until the end of May, the company spokesman 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 A4 unit comprises slightly more than 50% of BP’s acetic acid production at Hull, the second source said.

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

Author: Sam Weatherlake

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