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LyondellBasell declares force majeure on LLDPE; impact undefined

HOUSTON, May 18, 2016 (PCW) -- LyondellBasell today declared a force majeure event for all LLDPE produced at its La Porte, TX and Morris, IL plants, effective May 17. The company cited unexpected mechanical difficulties.

"We are currently evaluating the impact of this event on our production capability," the company said in a letter to customers.

LyondellBasell was reportedly building PE inventory ahead of an extensive maintenance outage at the Morris site this summer.

On Wednesday, the company advised neighbors of the La Porte plant via a community hotline that maintenance activities at the plant could result in a loud noise. However, the connection of the reported maintenance activity to the LLDPE force majeure was not confirmed. -- David Barry

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