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Total says no styrene allocation on Cosmar outage

Total has confirmed that Cosmar, its styrene joint venture with Sabic, will not be able to restart one of two 575,000-metric tons/year styrene lines at Carville, Louisiana, as soon as planned because of an equipment failure late last month. Initial reports from market sources indicated that Total and Sabic had placed customers on 40% allocation. Total on 2 February said there is no allocation or force majeure in place, and that it is “working with customers to meet their needs.” Sabic has not yet commented on the outage. A new startup date has not been finalized. Cosmar is evaluating a range of options for safely bringing the line, which was shut down in mid-January for a scheduled maintenance turnaround, back into operation.