Total declares FM on some HDPE grades from Gonfreville plant

02 January 2014 12:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Total Petrochemicals has declared force majeure on some grades of high density polyethylene (HDPE) from its Gonfreville plant in France, the company said in a letter to its customers dated Monday 30 December 2013.

The declaration followed an “unforeseen technical incident” in Gonfreville.

The letter also said PE output would not run at expected production rates in the coming weeks.

The grades in question were thought to be high density blow moulding grades.

Some sources said they had already experienced delivery difficulties from the company because of problems issuing from strikes at the Gonfreville site that were now coming to an end.  

Strike action began on 12 December 2013. Workers voted to cease strike action on 26 and 27 December at Feyzin and Gonfreville respectively.

HDPE has been the weakest polyethylene (PE) grade in Europe in recent weeks, but the €15/tonne ($21/tonne) increase in the January ethylene contract price, coupled with a 3.5 percentage point increase in duty from established importers this month, are expected to lead to attempts to increase prices from sellers.

($1 = €0.73)

By: Linda Naylor
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