Ellba Eastern ends force majeure at Singapore PO/SM plant

06 November 2012 10:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Ellba Eastern has ended the force majeure on propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) supplies from its Singapore plant on 5 November, said a company source on Tuesday.

The company is a 50:50 joint venture company by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell and Germany’s BASF.

“We can confirm that Ellba Eastern has informed BASF of the end of the Force Majeure event on 5 November 2012,” said a BASF spokesperson in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

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

On 21 October, Ellba Eastern had again declared a force majeure on SM and PO supply, after running into operating difficulties in its attempt to restart its PO/SM plant in Jurong Island following the unit’s unexpected shutdown on 5-6 October.

The first force majeure was declared on 7 October and was consequently lifted on 18 October.

An estimated 15,000-17,000 tonnes of PO supply to China for mid-October to mid-November may have been affected because of Ellba Eastern’s production woes last month, sources close to the company said.

By: Ryan Yue
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