Vinnolit's Knapsack chlor-alkali facility maintains reduced rates

26 February 2010 12:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Technical problems hindering production at Vinnolit’s chlor-alkali facility at Knapsack, Germany, are expected to continue for the next one to two weeks, a company source confirmed on Friday.

“We are still experiencing technical issues across the whole production chain, although we hope to have these resolved in the next one to two weeks,” said the source.

The source added that stocks of both polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and caustic soda (the by-product of upstream chlorine) were extremely tight and that this would remain the case until after the company’s planned maintenance at the site, scheduled for 8-14 March.

The facility originally experienced problems with its electrolysers around 12 February, bringing total chlor-alkali output down to 60% capacity.

However, several electrolysers had been brought back up over the weekend of 13-14 February, which left production at 80% capacity. Current output rates were not available.

The plant has nameplate capacity of 160,000 tonnes/year of PVC and 350,000 tonnes/year of caustic soda, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.

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