26 November 2013 19:09 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Shell Chemicals declared force majeure on styrene out of its Alberta, Canada, facility this week, a source close to the company confirmed on Tuesday.
A company spokesman declined to comment on the force majeure. However, the source close to the company said it is a result of a shutdown of the company's styrene unit because of inability to obtain enough benzene feedstock from its Scotford refinery.
In a letter to customers obtained by ICIS, Shell said the units at the refinery that produce benzene are experiencing operational delays in start-up following turnaround maintenance activities.
The outage is expected to last between two to three weeks, the source said.
Shell Chemicals Canada has a 450,000 tonne/year styrene unit at its facility in Alberta, according to ICIS plants and projects.
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