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BPs paraxylene facility in Alabama has ceased production

May 06/2011

(ICIS) -- BPs paraxylene (PX) facility in Decatur, Alabama, has ceased production following a storm-related power outage at the site, the company said on Thursday. No damage to the plant was reported, and BP said production would resume as soon as a reliable power supply had been established. The Decatur plant has a PX capacity of 1.1m tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Indorama and INEOS Styrenics declared force majeure (FM) on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polystyrene (PS) supply respectively at the Decatur site following the loss of power last week.

BP also confirmed on Wednesday that it is in the process of restarting its PX units at Texas City, Texas.

Provided the units restart as planned, the company said it does not anticipate any disruption to purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production due to a lack of PX supply.

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