Leverkusen, Germany -- Bayer MaterialScience said 8 July that it has declared force majeure for the polyurethane raw material TDI (toluene diisocyanate) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as a result of a forced reduction of TDI production at its Brunsbüttel site.
BMS said the capacity of the TDI plant was substantially reduced after the company´s chlorine electrolysis plant at Brunsbüttel was damaged during a massive voltage drop. This in turn was caused by a rapid reactor shutdown at the Krümmel nuclear power plant close to Hamburg on 4 July 2009.
This restricted chlorine supply has resulted in a severely reduced capacity utilisation of the TDI facility in Brunsbüttel, said BMS.
BMS said it is "doing everything to rectify the damage as quickly as possible." But the isocyanates supplier said that, at the present time, "it is not possible to predict with any degree of certainty when the TDI production plant will be fully operational again."