08 June 2012 09:40 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BP increased its supply allocation on acetic acid from its plant at Hull in the UK to 100% with effect from 1 June, a company spokesman said on Friday.
BP began the restart process at its Hull plant on 24 May with the aim of returning to normal production rates by the beginning of June.
No estimate was provided on when the force majeure will be officially lifted.
BP declared force majeure on acetic acid supplies from the plant on 27 April following a synthesis gas (syngas) leak at the reformer at the site’s A4 production unit. The leak was internal and did not constitute a health hazard.
The producer imposed a 50% supply allocation and said it expected the allocation to remain in place for 30 days.
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.
BP’s facility has a total nameplate acetic acid capacity of 532,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS.
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