26 February 2010 17:04 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemicals has declared force majeure (FM) on membrane-grade caustic soda from its Freeport plant in Texas as a result of a mechanical failure, but expects to resolve the situation shortly, the company said on Friday.
“It’s a short-lived event,” a Dow spokesperson said. The FM was declared on Tuesday.
Production capacity for the membrane caustic unit was estimated at about 500,000 tons/year (551,146 tonnes), a small percentage of the overall chlor-alkali capacity at the ?xml:namespace>
A source close to the situation said the downtime and lost production would more readily affect derivative applications, particularly Dow’s internal uses.
The unit was expected to restart by late Friday or over the weekend, according to a Dow spokesperson.
Dow said it put FM into effect to ensure its obligations would be properly met should the repair job take longer than anticipated.
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