BP lifts force majeure on acetic acid supplies from UK plant

14 June 2012 16:19  [Source: ICIS news]

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

The force majeure was lifted with effect from 12 June, the source said.

BP had increased its supply allocation to 100% with effect from 1 June, having restarted production at Hull on 24 May.

The producer declared force majeure on acetic acid supplies from the plant on 27 April following a synthesis gas (syngas) leak at the reformer of 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.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
+44 20 8652 3214

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