OxyVinyls to shutter Alberta PVC plant next month

09 December 2005 16:35  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--OxyVinyls said on Friday it will close its Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin plant at the end of January.


Jan Sieving, Los Angeles-based spokesperson for OxyVinyl parent Occidental Petroleum, said the closure comes because a raw material supplier is closing its Fort Saskatchewan vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant, which will leave the OxyVinyl unit without a feedstock supplier.


She said the closure will result in about 55 job losses. OxyVinyls will supply customers from its other plants in North America, she said, adding that OxyVinyls also has a PVC plant in Niagara Falls, Ontario.


Sieving could not immediately specify the Alberta plant’s capacity. According to a Chemical Market Reporter product profile, the unit’s capacity is 350,000 tonne/year. Industry sources here said the VCM supplier is Dow Chemical, which in 2002 announced plans to shutter its Fort Saskatchewan VCM facility. In light of Dow’s plans, OxyVinyl’s decision to close the PVC plant is not unexpected, the sources said, adding that Canada has no other local source of VCM and importing the product from the US is not a viable solution.


OxyVinyls, a 76:24 joint venture (jv) between Occidental’s OxyChem and Polyone, is described as North America’s largest PVC supplier.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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