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Borealis declares force majeure after fire at its cracker in Stenungsund

September 20/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borealis has declared a force majeure (FM) at its steam cracker in Stenungsund, Sweden after a fire, according to Plasteurope.

The FM at the Swedish cracker with the capacity of 625,000 mtyear of ethylene was declared on 14 September, 2021, and the cracker was shut on 11 September due to a malfunction and the fire.

A Borealis spokesperson said that the duration of the force majeure was not yet clear.

As MRC reported earlier, the cracker in Stenungsund was restarted on 15-17 January, 2021, and force majeure was lifted on 29 January. And the company reached full capacity utilisation at this cracker in early February. The FM at Stenungsund was declared after a fire started at the cracker on 10 May last year. A restart of the cracker was initially planned for the fourth quarter of 2020. The company began the process of the cracker restart in early January, 2021.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,500 and operates in over 120 countries.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, Borealis, Sweden.
Category:General News
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