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Hurricane Florence:BP evacuates non-essential personnel at PTA plant

2018-09-14 11:06:53 S&P Global

BP is evacuating non-essential personnel ahead of Hurricane Florence's arrival while continuing operations at its 1.5 million mt/year PTA plant in Cooper River, South Carolina, a company spokesman said Wednesday. The company was monitoring weather conditions before determining its next steps.

BP's plant, located near Charleston, is the largest PTA facility in the US. Production at BP's Cooper River site has been constrained with a sales allocation in place for most of the summer. Allocation levels were last heard in H1 August at near 90% and it was not clear if the allocation had been lifted.

Additionally, DAK Americas has a 600,000 mt/year PTA plant at its Columbia site, which was operational as of time of publication.

PTA supply in North America has been extremely tight due to the BP allocation as well as an unplanned outage due to a fire at Alpek's world-scale PTA facility in Altamira, Mexico. A restart date was not immediately clear.

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