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BP declares force majeure on PTA after fire at Cooper River, SC, facility
September 1, 2014 | —Clay Boswell
BP declared force majeure on purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in North America after a fire on 9 August forced the company to shut down the PTA-1 production unit at its Cooper River, SC, facility. The outage has tightened the market for downstream product polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at a time when supply normally exceeds demand, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global PET Stream Weekly. Customers report allocation levels of about 70% and say they are hopeful that relief may come by October, but they are short on specifics, says Chase...
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