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Total Petrochemicals' La Porte, Texas, unit producing at capacity: letter

Houston — US polymer producer Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA 's production unit at La Porte, Texas, successfully restarted in March, and each production line continues to run at capacity, according to a letter sent by the company to its customers May 3.

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"We are making progress on returning to a normal supply position," the letter seen by S&P Global Platts read.

The company said the outlook for June was being evaluated.

The complex was under force majeure for polypropylene products since cold weather disruptions in February halted several petrochemical plants along the US Gulf Coast.

The plant has nameplate capacity totaling 1.15 million mt/year of polypropylene, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics data.

The company was not available for immediate comment May 4.

Platts last assessed the export homopolymer grade injection-grade polypropylene at $2,150-$2,172/mt on May 3, flat on the day, and co-polymer polypropylene down $99 on the week April 28 at $2,194-$2,216/mt FAS Houston.

Domestic PP pricing was 13 cents lower on the week at 75 cents/lb delivered rail car basis for homopolymer injection grades.

Pricing includes a market-accepted 18-cent premium over settled April feedstock PGP contracts at 57 cents/lb, down 13 cents.

Domestic pricing was also 13 cents weaker on the week at 77 cents/lb delivered rail car basis for homopolymer fiber, which maintained a 20-cent premium over the settled PGP contract.