Force majeure declared on BD from Lavera Naphtachimie unit

02 January 2013 12:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Force majeure has been declared on butadiene (BD) production from Naphtachimie’s unit in Lavera, France, following an incident at the associated cracker, sources at the plant’s co-owners said on Wednesday.

The Naphtachimie cracker, which has a nameplate capacity of 120,000 tonnes/year of BD, 775,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 540,000 tonnes/year of propylene, is joint-owned by INEOS and Total.

A source at Total confirmed that force majeure had been declared on BD, but declined to provide any further details.

A source at INEOS did not confirm the force majeure, but said, “I can confirm that there has been an incident on the cracker on 22nd December.”

A local media report said there had been a fire on an oil compressor at the cracker.

There was no immediate official response from either company and no information was available on whether deliveries of any other products had been affected.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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