04 February 2011 17:11 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The traditional spring chlor-alkali maintenance season got underway this week, as INEOS ChlorVinyls became the first producer to begin its maintenance work, a company source confirmed on Friday.
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The site – with a nameplate capacity of 677,000 tonnes/year of chlorine, 763,000 tonnes/year of caustic soda and 105,000 tonnes/year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – is expected to be down for one month.
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European chlor-alkali producers traditionally take their facilities off line over the first quarter (Q1) and Q2 for planned maintenance and this year is no exception.
The Netherlands-based major chlor-alkali producer, AkzoNobel, will take its 633,000 tonne/year chlorine and 715,000 tonne/year caustic soda facility at Botlek, the Netherlands, down at the end of April for four weeks, according to a company source.
French chlor-alkali manufacturer Arkema plans to undertake maintenance at its vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit at Lavera, France, in late March/early April. This could take four to five weeks, according to a company source, and would have an impact on the 341,000 tonne/year chlorine and 375,000 tonne/year caustic soda production at the site. VCM is an intermediate in PVC production
Dow also confirmed that it would take its 1.585m tonne/year chlorine and 1.786m tonne/year caustic soda site at Stade, Germany, off line in May for four weeks to complete necessary maintenance work.
Japanese PVC manufacturer Shin-Etsu was due to take its 450,000 tonne/year PVC facility at Pernis, in the Netherlands, off line at the end of March/beginning of April for a small outage.
German chlor-alkali producer Vinnolit confirmed that it was planning to undertake a six-day shutdown at its Knapsack facility in May, which would affect the 250,000 tonne/year chlorine, 170,000 tonne/year PVC and its 275,000 tonne/year caustic soda production.
Finally, PVC manufacturer LVM, part of the Belgium-based Tessenderlo Group, confirmed that it would undertake a short outage at its 225,000 tonne/year Beek unit in the Netherlands in March.
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