Spolchemie restarts perc unit, plans end-of-year shutdown

08 December 2009 17:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Spolchemie has restarted its perchloroethylene (perc) plant at Usti nad Labem, the Czech Republic, and is running it at full capacity, a company source said on Tuesday.

"We will produce this week and next week to honour our existing contracts. We will then have a Christmas shutdown and will restart again in January," said the seller.

"Stock levels will be low by the end of the year," added the source.

The originally shut down the unit in October for annual maintenance, but the restart had been subject to some delays.

Availability in the perc market in December was described as good, with demand slowing, particularly in the distribution sector, as the Christmas holidays approached.

Spolchemie's Usti nad Labem plant has a total perc capacity of 15,000 tonnes/year, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.

Spolchemie is one of only three remaining perc producers in Europe following the closure of INEOS ChlorVinyls' plant at Runcorn, UK, at the end of January.

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By: Heidi Finch
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