US LyondellBasell declares force majeure on ethylene

09 July 2014 20:31 Source:ICIS News

US LyondellBasell declares force majeure on ethyleneHOUSTON (ICIS)--US producer LyondellBasell declared force majeure on ethylene out of its La Porte cracker in Texas, sources said on Wednesday.

The initial declaration was made on 7 July because of ongoing production issues at Lyondell’s cracker, sources said.

The cracker has been down since 23 March and was scheduled for an 80-day turnaround to add 363,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.

The cracker is expected to restarted at the end of July, with an ethylene capacity of 1.152m tonnes/year.

Also, LyondellBasell has declared force majeure on high density polyethylene (HDPE) producer produced from its plants in Matagorda and Victoria, Texas, sources said.

By John Dietrich