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Total Petrochemicals announces unit restart in early February

January 13/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- US polymer producer Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA announced an update to its Dec. 17 force majeure on copolymer polypropylene (PP) products from its La Porte, Texas, petrochemical complex, reported S&P Global with reference to the company's statement Jan. 12.

"Repairs at our site in La Porte, Texas, continue to go extremely well and according to plan," Total Petrochemicals said in a Jan. 12 letter obtained by S&P Global Platts.

The restart of the unit is on schedule for Feb. 6, "with initial shipments beginning the following week," the company said.

In addition, Total Petrochemicals "expects to be back to normal production in early April," the letter said.

The plant has a total nameplate capacity of 1.15 million mt/year of polypropylene, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics data. The letter indicated that only the copolymer grade was affected.

The company was not available for comment Jan. 12.

As MRC wrote earlier, within the framework of its net zero strategy, Total will convert its Grandpuits refinery (Seine-et-Marne) into a zero-crude platform and will invest more then EUR500 mln into this project. By 2024 the platform will focus on four new industrial activities: production of renewable diesel primarily intended for the aviation industry, production of bioplastics, plastics recycling and operation of two photovoltaic solar power plants.

We remind that in November 2019, Total disclosed that itis evaluating construction of a new gas cracker at its Deasan, South Korea, joint venture (JV) with Hanwha Chemical.

According to MRC's DataScope report, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

Total S.A. is a French multinational oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world with business in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. The company's petrochemical products cover two main groups: base chemicals and the consumer polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene) that are derived from them.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:bioplastics, PP, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, sopolimeri propilena, petrochemistry, Total Petrochemicals, Russia, USA, France.
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