06 November 2012 16:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Shell Chemicals has declared force majeure on styrene following an unforeseen technical problem at Moerdijk in the Netherlands, the company said on Tuesday.
“As a result of an unforeseen steam leakage in the styrene monomer/propylene oxide plant at Moerdijk, Shell Nederland Chemie B.V. is unable to manufacture and supply its agreed amounts of products,” the company said in a statement.
“As a result of these unplanned events, SNC has declared force majeure as of 5 November 2012.”
The statement continued: “force majeure has been declared by Shell Chemical on November 6th on styrene monomer with immediate effect. Shell Nederland Chemie’s manufacturing teams are progressing with the essential repair work urgently.
“Shell Chemicals Europe will keep the impacted customers informed on the progress of the repairs on an individual basis.”
The plant has the capacity to produce 440,000 tonnes of styrene annually, according to ICIS data.
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