Ellba Eastern lifts force majeure at Singapore SM/PO plant

19 October 2012 13:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Ellba Eastern, a 50:50 joint venture company by Shell and BASF, on 18 October lifted its force majeure on the supply of styrene monomer (SM) and propylene oxide (PO), a company source said on Friday.

“We confirm that Ellba Eastern has informed BASF of the end of the force majeure event on 18 October 2012,” said a BASF official spokesperson in an e-mailed statement.

Ellba Eastern had declared a force majeure on supply of SM and PO on 7 October, following an unexpected shutdown at its SM/PO plant in Jurong Island, Singapore, due to a mechanical breakdown over the weekend of 5 and 6 October.

A source close to the company said that the SM/PO plant had restarted on Thursday evening and would take one to two days to resume full operation. The source added that the plant was operating at an estimated 80% capacity as of Friday.

The plant can produce 550,000 tonnes/year of SM and 250,000 tonnes/year of PO.

By: Ryan Yue
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