Total lifts BD force majeure at Feyzin, France, following strike

13 January 2014 17:52  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Total Petrochemicals has lifted the force majeure on butadiene (BD) supply out of its Feyzin, France site, according to a source close to the company on Monday.

The force majeure declaration was made on 16 December after strike action led to a shutdown of the Feyzin site as the Gonfreville site which also comprises a cracker and BD unit.

The strikes, which were over a disagreement over a pay deal, began on 12 December. Workers voted to cease strike action on 26 and 27 December at Feyzin and Gonfreville respectively.

While both the Feyzin cracker and the 40,000 tonne/year BD unit have restarted and are producing on-spec material, the same cannot be said for the Gonfreville cracker and 65,000 tonne/year BD unit, the status of which was unclear on Monday but generally assumed by market sources to be offline due to technical issues.

Total Petrochemicals does not comment officially on production issues.

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By: Nel Weddle
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