Exxon lldPE production at Gravenchon, France down for 1-2 wks

Author: Russell Ong


LONDON (CNI)--ExxonMobil said on Monday that linear low-density polyethylene (lldPE) production at its plant in Notre-Dame de Gravenchon, northwest France is likely to be shut for one to two weeks while a mechanical fault is repaired.

A spokesman for the US energy and chemicals giant told CNI that production was stopped at the end of last week due to mechanical problems at the plant's extruder.

He added that repairs to the extruder are expected to take one to two weeks.

The lldPE plant is owned equally by US energy giant ExxonMobil and Basell, the polyolefins joint venture between Anglo-Dutch energy group Shell and German chemicals company BASF. Operated by ExxonMobil, the Gravenchon site has a capacity of 420 000 tonne/year.