Total’s Gonfreville, France cracker down, FM on BD – sources

02 May 2013 17:28  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Total Petrochemical’s 525,000 tonne/year ethylene cracker at Gonfreville in France has shut down unexpectedly, according to market sources on Thursday.

Sources said the cracker had gone down over the 27-28 April weekend, but did not know the reasons why.

There was talk of a force majeure declaration on butadiene (BD). France-headquartered Total operates a BD extraction unit at the site with a nameplate capacity of 65,000 tonnes/year according to ICIS data.

It was not clear whether force majeure has been issued for other cracker products, such as ethylene and propylene.

Total Petrochemicals has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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