Dow lifts force majeure on Europe caustic soda production

29 October 2009 17:27  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical has lifted its force majeure (FM) on European caustic soda production, a company source said on Thursday.

“We lifted the FM and the 70% allocation yesterday [Wednesday],” said the source.

Another company source confirmed that the caustic soda facility - with a nameplate capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects - in Knapsack, Germany, was restored to full rates after successful repairs.

The company declared FM in early October following technical issues with chlorine production following planned maintenance work, sources said.

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

The plant had been running at reduced rates from mid-September onward, but the FM remained in place due to low stock levels.

($1 = €0.68)

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By: Stephanie Wilson
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