South Africa's Safripol PE, PP units back on stream

14 November 2012 11:03  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--South African polyolefin producer Safripol’s stricken high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyproplyene (PP) plants are back on stream, following a production interruption due to the destruction of a power sub-station on 5 November, the company said in a letter to its customers.

“We are pleased to advise that our two smaller HDPE plants recommenced production last Thursday [November 8], and the two remaining trains were successfully started over the weekend,” the letter stated.

Safripol declared force majeure on deliveries from the site on 6 November, but it was not clear whether restrictions are still in place.

Safripol’s announcement came at a time when most South African importers are short on HDPE, but no significant price move has been recorded and the short duration of the outage makes this unlikely, sources said.

October to December is the peak summer season in South Africa, but markets have been comparatively quiet this year on economic concerns.

Safripol is the sole HDPE producer in South Africa, but PP supply is ample from a second local producer, Sasol.

Safripol's PP grades include impact copolymers, random copolymers and homopolymers for injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding, thermoforming and fibres.

Safripol produces carbon-black-filled pipe grades and natural grades for other applications including blow moulding, injection moulding and extrusion.

Safripol has the capacity to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of HDPE and 150,000 tonnes/year of PP at its Sasolburg site, according to ICIS plants and projects.

By: Linda Naylor
+44 20 8652 3214

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