In the nine months to the end of March trading update, the group said last week that SSO had maintained stable production during the quarter and was continuing to support a normalised run-rate of 7.8 million tons a year.
“Stable production at SSO has enabled us to offset the previously reported 6-percent reduction in production volumes for the first half of 2019, now resulting in a 3-percent reduction in volumes compared to the prior year. We expect to achieve the upper end of our planned production targets of 7.5 to 7.6 million tons for the year,” the group said.
The group’s base chemicals also delivered a 9-percent improvement in volumes compared to the second quarter.
“The base chemicals business, excluding US-produced products, achieved a 6-percent improvement in volumes compared to the second quarter,” the group said.