Poland’s Basell Orlen Polyolefins declares FM on HDPE grades

30 October 2013 10:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Poland’s Basell Orlen Polyolefins (BOP) has declared a force majeure on several grades of high density polyethylene (HDPE), following technical difficulties at its Plock site, a source at joint-venture partner PKN Orlen said on Wednesday.

HDPE production at the site in central Poland was halted on 24 October and was expected to be back up in around three weeks, he added.

Grades affected by the force majeure included some that are used for PE blown film, the source said.

BOP, a 50:50 joint venture between Poland’s PKN Orlen oil and petrochemicals group and LyondellBasell, does not comment on its operations.

Its €500m ($685m) Plock production site, with an HDPE capacity of 320,000 tonnes/year, low density polyethylene (LDPE) capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year and polypropylene (PP) capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year, was launched in 2005.

LyondellBasell, which says it has closed 1m tonnes of polyolefins capacity in Europe since 2009, in early October permanently shut 100,000 tonnes/year of HDPE capacity at Wesseling in Germany.

($1 = €0.73)

By: Will Conroy
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