Force majeure still in effect at Oxea facility in Texas

11 July 2014 17:22 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS) -- A source at Oxea said on Friday that the force majeure is still in effect  at its oxo intermediates production facility in Bay City, Texas.

Oxea stated on 3 July that due to a malfunction in the production process, it was unable to resume full production at the facility. Oxea has declared force majeure for oxo-alcohols n-butanol, isobutanol and n-propanol, along with esters n-butyl acetate, isobutyl acetate and n-propyl acetate.

The company previously said that it is evaluating the effects of the event on its production capability and ability to supply.  All inventories of oxo and ester products are extremely low throughout its supply chain and the company stated that it is monitoring customer orders in an attempt to keep delays to a minimum.

Oxea announced on 11 June that it had experienced technical issues at the Bay City facility following a scheduled maintenance turnaround, leaving inventories of oxo-alcohols and esters low. During the turnaround, which began in late April,  Oxea was also working on an expansion at the facility to increase its output by 25%.

The company had announced a 100% sales control for all products in its intermediates portfolio on 12 April.

Production capacities at Bay City include 230,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol and 80,000 tonnes/year of butyl acetate.

By Matthew Donovan