Ellba Eastern to restart Singapore PO/SM plant on 3 November

31 October 2012 04:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Ellba Eastern, a 50:50 joint venture company by Shell and BASF, is planning to restart its propylene oxide (PO)/styrene monomer (SM) plant in Singapore on 3-4 November, sources close to the company said on Wednesday.

Ellba Eastern had declared a force majeure on supply of SM and PO on 21 October after running into operating issues with the cooling tower at its PO/SM plant during an attempted restart from 18 to 20 October, said a source close to the company on Wednesday.

An official BASF spokesperson confirmed the latest force majeure in a statement saying: “we confirm that Ellba Eastern has declared force majeure on BASF with effect from 21 October 2012.”

Ellba Eastern had previously declared a force majeure on supply of SM and PO on 7 October, following an unexpected shutdown at its PO/SM plant in Jurong Island because of a mechanical breakdown over the weekend of 5 and 6 October. The force majeure was lifted on 18 October.

Ellba Eastern’s PO/SM plant has a nameplate capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year for PO production and 550,000 tonnes/year for SM production.

By: Ryan Yue
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