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Shell declares force majeure on SM from Moerdijk

11:56 AM MDT | July 9, 2013

A technical difficulty at Shell Chemicals' Moerdijk site in the Netherlands has disrupted production at the site's styrene monomer-propylene oxide (SMPO) unit, the company says. The unit has annual capacity for 440,000 m.t. of SM. Shell's steam cracker at the Moerdijk site has capacity for 940,000 m.t./year of ethylene and 500,000 m.t./year of propylene. The company declared force majeure on SM deliveries out of the site yesterday "as a result of an unforeseen heat exchanger failure in the styrene monomer-propylene oxide plant," Shell said in a statement. Shell...

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