French Arkema declares force majeure on AA and butyl-A at Carling

09 October 2013 10:09  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--French specialty chemicals producer Arkema has declared force majeure on acrylic acid (AA) and butyl acrylate (butyl-A) from its Carling site, because of a “substantial mechanical failure”, according to a company letter to its customers seen by ICIS on Wednesday.

The letter states that the declaration was put in place on 7 October, and will remain in place “for an undetermined period.”

The mechanical failure is understood to have occurred during the restart process of its production unit after a planned maintenance shutdown, the letter said.

The plant was expected to resume production this week.

The company said in the letter that it "will not be able to comply with its upcoming commitments of delivery in accordance with the Agreement."

Confirmation from the supplier is pending.

Arkema has a crude AA equivalent capacity of 276,000 tonnes/year at its Carling, France, site.

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By: Helena Strathearn
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