Dow declares force majeure on Europe caustic soda production

14 October 2009 18:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Major producer Dow Chemical has declared force majeure on caustic soda production across Europe, following technical issues at its facility at Schkopau, Germany, a company source confirmed on Wednesday.

“The issue is in Schkopau, but we are optimising our sourcing on a European level, so the whole system is impacted,” said the source.

The force majeure was reportedly announced on 2 October as technical issues with chlorine production at the site kept output rates down after planned maintenance work, sources said.

Chlorine is co-produced with caustic soda.

The maintenance work started at the end of July and was initially planned to take around one month to complete.

However, the restart was delayed due to technical issues, and a source confirmed that the facility was running at reduced rates from mid-September onward.

The plant has a nameplate capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year of caustic soda, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.

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