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Shell Moerdijk Impact From Steam Leak

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Styrene prices shot up following a steam leak at Shell’s steam crackers at Moerdijk in the Netherlands early this month.

Shell had to declare force majeure on ethylene and propylene at the unit which makes basic materials for the chemical industry and employs about eight hundred people.

The main repairs will last until at least the end of 2014, with some work not completed until an unspecified date in 2015.

The plant supplies steam to all the plants at the complex.

A Shell spokesman admitted that the steam leak resulted in flaring activity.

Extracts from related Wikipedia Styrene Article

“Styrene is regarded as a “hazardous chemical”, especially in case of eye contact, but also in case of skin contact, of ingestion and of inhalation, according to several sources. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers styrene to be “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

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