Olin prepares for March turnarounds at US chlor-alkali plants

04 March 2011 22:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Market feedback was mixed on how US caustic soda supply would be affected from planned turnarounds expected this month by a chlor-alkali producer, sources said on Friday.

Planned turnarounds were expected in March by producer Olin at its plants in Henderson, Nevada, and St Gabriel, Lousiana, according to the company.

The maintenance outage in Henderson, Nevada, would prepare the plant for the US bleach season in the summer, company officials said during Olin’s fourth-quarter conference call.

Another five-day plant outage is scheduled for Olin’s St Gabriel, Louisiana plant. At the end of the outage, chlorine pipeline operations are also expected to resume.

One market source said caustic soda supply may tighten given the number of planned turnarounds this quarter.

However, a caustic soda buyer said ready availability of supply indicated that the market is more balanced.

Olin company sources did not respond for immediate comment.

Major US caustic soda producers include Bayer, Dow Chemical, Formosa Plastics, Georgia Gulf, Olin, OxyChem, PPG Industries and Shintech. Major buyers of caustic include Alcoa and Huntsman.

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