05 October 2009 15:47 [Source: ICIS news]
“We had a one-week shutdown at the ECH unit and the restart has gone fine. We’re now running at full speed,” the source said.
The Rheinberg facility has a 56,000 tonne/year capacity, according to ICIS plants and projects.
This was welcome news to some players in the ECH market, who had been plagued by short supply in recent weeks.
“The restart should now improve availability and prices should hopefully stabilise,” a buyer said.
Producers, however, were not so sure. “No one is currently sitting on stocks and there is not enough [ECH] in the chain, as there are several producers with reduced [production] rates. Material will be tight for the time being,” one said.
Producers were looking to increase ECH prices in October due to tight availability, short chlorine supply and a need to improve margins.
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