ExxonMobil's petroleum and chemical production site in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, northern France, is running "normally" following an unplanned maintenance that began in mid-December, according to a company spokesperson.
Temporary Shutdown of Ethylene Cracker
However, a 400,000 metric ton/year mixed-feed ethylene cracker, which was also shut down for unplanned maintenance, is not expected to resume production until mid-January, as reported by market sources and Chemical Market Analytics (CMA) by OPIS, a Dow Jones company.
Minor Incident Resolved
"A minor technical incident occurred at the ExxonMobil Chemical Gravenchon integrated plant in mid-December 2023. The units are working normally after maintenance repair work," the spokesperson said.
Exxon declined to provide further details regarding the specific units affected.
Impact on Operations
Local media reported that a unit has been shut down since December 11, citing an ExxonMobil warning of flaring and noise for several days.
ExxonMobil's Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon industrial site houses a 12 million mt/year refinery, and the company also produces propylene and other petrochemicals at the same location, according to CMA data.
Europe's Largest Integrated Platform
Situated in Gravenchon, the site is ExxonMobil's largest integrated platform in Europe. It plays a crucial role in producing various petroleum and chemical products such as gas, fuels, lubricants, polymers, and specialty items, as stated by the company.