Strike action impacts SABIC Geleen, NL operations – sources

31 January 2013 11:32  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--SABIC’s two crackers and some of its derivative units at its site in Geleen, the Netherlands, have been impacted by strike action by its workers, market sources said on Thursday.

Sources said the crackers and some of the derivative units are running at reduced rates – one polypropylene (PP) unit might be down.

The strike action commenced on Thursday after the workers’ union and SABIC management failed to agree on new labour contracts, sources said.

The general view from the market was that capacity could be shut down if the strike goes on into next week.

SABIC’s crackers have the combined capacity to produce 1.25 million tonnes/year of ethylene  and 725,000 tonnes/year of PP. Derivative units also include polyethylene (PE).

SABIC has not yet responded to ICIS enquiries.

Linda Naylor contributed to this article

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By: Nel Weddle
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