Indonesia’s Justus Sakti Raya declares force majeure on MA supply

22 February 2013 06:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s Justus Sakti Raya Corp declared force majeure (FM) for maleic anhydride (MA) product on 22 February, a company source said on Friday.

Justus plans to shut its 14,000 tonne/year maleic anhydride (MA) plant in Jakarta on 24 February for plant checks after clearing the material in the MA reactor, because MA produced was observed to be off-specification earlier on 22 February, the source said.

In addition, the bagging unit to pack MA material and the flaker unit to make solid briquette-type MA from liquid MA were found to be faulty on 18 and 21 February respectively, the source said.

Justus plans to carry out a more detailed check of the reactor on 25 February to identify the source of the problem for off-specification product, the source added.

The date for plant restart is unknown until the seriousness of the fault in the reactor can be estimated, the source said.

If the problem with the reactor is not major, Justus estimates that supply can be resumed in two weeks, the source added.

Justus is informing its customers of the force majeure as it has stopped the supply of MA to its buyers, the source said.

Justus was operating at full capacity and had sold MA exports mainly to India in the previous weeks, the source said.

By: Hazel Goh

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