HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil will allocate high density polyethylene (HDPE) produced at its Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant because of an unplanned outage of a pipeline, a market source said on Thursday.
The allocation, which means that buyers are likely to receive less product than ordered, will occur “as a result of an unplanned outage on a third party pipeline impacting ethylene supply” to the plant, according to a copy of an ExxonMobil letter, obtained by ICIS.
“ExxonMobil Chemical very much regrets the impact that this supply disruption may have on your business,” the company added.
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The allocation comes amid market talk for a likely flat settlement for August contract discussions as most producers had in recent days moved increases for all grades of PE at an average 5 cent/lb ($110/tonne, €83/tonne) to September.
A market source said that with the allocation there could be stronger pressure for an increase of the HDPE grade.
ExxonMobil has a second HDPE plant in the