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Shell declares SM force majeure

2:03 PM MDT | July 29, 2013 | —Francinia Protti-Alvarez

A technical difficulty at Shell Chemicals’ Moerdijk, Netherlands, site 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 styrene monomer (SM). Shell’s steam cracker at Moerdijk has capacities of 940,000 m.t./year of ethylene and 500,000 m.t./year of propylene. Shell declared force majeure on SM deliveries out of the site on 8 July “as a result of an unforeseen heat exchanger failure in the styrene monomer–propylene oxide...

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