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Shell Ends Force Majeure on Phenol and Acetone Supply to US
Shell Ends Force Majeure on Phenol and Acetone Supply to US

Shell Ends Force Majeure on Phenol and Acetone Supply to US

  • 27-Feb-2024 4:29 PM
  • Journalist: Li Hua

Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil and gas giant, has officially lifted the force majeure on the supply of phenol and acetone to Deer Park, Texas, USA. According to market sources, the line, boasting a substantial capacity of 363,000 tonnes of phenol and 225,000 tonnes of acetone annually, has resumed full operational status. The declaration of force majeure, made in mid-October the previous year, had stemmed from a technical malfunction that temporarily disrupted the supply chain.

This recent development marks the resolution of the issue, signifying that the supply of phenol and acetone to Deer Park, Texas, has returned to normalcy. The reinstatement of operations is expected to have a positive impact on the downstream users and industries reliant on these chemical components.

It's worth noting that this is not the only instance where Shell has faced force majeure challenges. In early February, Shell had previously declared force majeure for the supply of butadiene to Norco, located in Louisiana, USA. For this specific line, with an annual capacity of 265,000 tonnes of butadiene, operations were suspended, and the force majeure status was expected to persist at least until the end of February. The exact cause of the outage remains undisclosed at this time. As a consequence, clients of the site faced force majeure implications and supply restrictions.

Royal Dutch Shell, headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, operates globally and is actively involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas across more than 80 countries. The company has ownership stakes in over 30 refineries and boasts a substantial presence in the chemical industry. In addition to its core oil and gas operations, Shell has diversified interests, including ownership of numerous chemical enterprises and engagement in the production of solar panels and other alternative energy sources.

The resolution of the force majeure on phenol and acetone supply to Deer Park signifies a positive step forward for both Shell and its downstream customers. The timely restoration of operations is crucial for maintaining a steady supply chain and meeting the demands of various industries dependent on these chemical products.

However, the force majeure situation with butadiene supply to Norco raises questions about the challenges and uncertainties that can impact the operations of major players in the oil and gas industry. The undisclosed cause of the butadiene supply disruption underscores the complexity of managing unforeseen technical issues and their ripple effects on downstream users.

As Shell navigates these challenges, its ability to efficiently address force majeure situations and ensure the reliability of its supply chains will continue to be closely monitored by industry observers. The broader implications of such disruptions on global markets and the downstream industries highlight the interconnectedness of the energy and chemical sectors and the importance of swift and effective resolution strategies.

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