Total cracker in Gonfreville in France still off line - sources

15 May 2013 16:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Total Petrochemicals' 525,000 tonne/year ethylene cracker in Gonfreville in France is still off line, following its unexpected shutdown over the 27-28 April weekend, according to market sources on Wednesday.

In addition to market talk of a force majeure declaration on butadiene (BD) supply, some sources have indicated that force majeure has been declared on ethylene as well as styrene.

One trader said that it had heard that a restart might take “several weeks”.

Another source said that the company had been offering naphtha for sale, which with reports of heavy styrene purchasing at the end of last week, could also be seen as evidence of an outage.

France-headquartered Total Petrochemicals has not responded to requests for comment.

($1 = €0.77)

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