ExxonMobil Chemical Canada is allocating sales of rotational and injection molding high density polyethylene products produced at its Sarnia plant, following operational difficulties at the site, as per sources in Argusmedia.com. In a letter to customers dated 24 November, ExxonMobil said it is "currently assessing the full impact of our polyethylene supply capability" and will determine allocation levels at a later date.
The plant experienced a small "flash fire" on 13 November, which was contained to the polyethylene unit. All production at the unit has stopped as it undergoes a period of unplanned maintenance, a spokesperson said, adding there is no estimate as to when production will resume. In the meantime, ExxonMobil will fill orders with resin from other production facilities.