Shell Chemicals restarts EO production at Moerdijk – buyer

23 October 2012 12:27  [Source: ICIS news]

ShellLONDON (ICIS)--Shell Chemicals Europe has restarted its ethylene oxide (EO) production in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, a buyer said on Tuesday.

“According to my reliable sources, Shell restarted yesterday,” the buyer said, adding that the producer expects to resume EO deliveries by the end of this week, or by next week at the latest.

A Shell spokesman declined to comment on the status of the company’s EO production.

The buyer said it had not faced any difficulties in sourcing EO from another supplier on short notice.

Last week, Shell declared force majeure on ethylene supply from the UK, explaining that this was a consequence of a 12 October force majeure declaration on ethylene supply from the ExxonMobil Fife cracker in Mossmorran, Scotland.

Another EO buyer said on 18 October that Shell had declared force majeure on EO, but said the producer expected supplies to be restored by 21 October. The Shell spokesman declined to comment on the situation at the time.

Shell’s Moerdijk facility has a nameplate EO equivalent (EOE) capacity of 305,000 tonnes/year, and 155,000 tonnes/year of ethylene glycol production.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
+44 20 8652 3214

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