The customers of Shell Chemicals (London / UK; www.shell.com) were informed on 24 February 2010 that the company had declared force majeure for the delivery of styrene from its Dutch plant in Moerdijk. A company spokesperson confirmed the news to the newsletter Plastics Information Europe (PIE, Bad Homburg / Germany; www.pieweb.com) on 25 February, adding that it was still unclear how long FM would remain in place. Just a day earlier, Shell had declared FM for C2 and C3 from Moerdijk. In this case, too, the company was unsure how long FM would remain in place.
Although unlikely, it is not certain if the styrene production of Ellba - a joint venture between BASF and Shell, also located in Moerdijk - is affected as well.