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BP Declares Force Majeure on VAM

10:57 AM MDT | August 7, 2007 | Kate Phillips

BP says it has declared force majeure on vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) at Hull, U.K. for July due to continuing production problems. BP produces 230,000 m.t./year of VAM at Hull. Customers have been on 80% allocation for July deliveries since the outage, a BP spokesperson says. Owens: Prices will continue to rise. The company is trying to run the unit at a steady rate, although at reduced volumes, “to meet as much of the demand as possible,” BP says. “Unfortunately, it’s not producing at a level that it can produce stocks yet,” causing...

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