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LyondellBasell puts Americas PO and derivatives on force majeure

October 16/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell, the world's lartest polyolefins producer, puts Americas propylene oxide (PO) and derivatives on force majeure, according to Chemweek.

A leak on a PO refining column at LyondellBasell's plant in Bayport (Texas, USA) with the capacity of 600,000 mt/year of PO on 7 October caused the company to significantly reduce capacity utilisation at its Bayport facility, and subsequently declare force majeure on PO and derivatives, according to a customer letter.

The letter did not say how long the disruption was expected to last.

Products affected include PO, p-glycols, allyl alcohol, butanediol and derivatives, p-series glycol ethers, and p-specialties glycol ethers.

As MRC informed earlier, LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) announced that Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) has selected LyondellBasells world-leading polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) technologies for a new facility. The new plants will comprise of a PP plant that will utilize LyondellBasells Spheripol PP process technology to produce 280,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of PP and a 480-m.t./yr HDPE plant which will utilize LyondellBasells Hostalen ACP process technology and will be built in Al Duqm, Oman.

Propylene is the main feedstock for the production of PP.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 767,2900 tonnes in the eight months of 2020 (calculated using the formula - production minus exports plus imports - and not counting producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP random copolymer, propylene, HDPE, LyondellBasell, Oman, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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