06 April 2011 17:26 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Dutch speciality chemical producer AkzoNobel will shutdown its 167,000 tonne/year chlorine and derivatives plant at the Hoechst Industry Park, in Frankfurt, Germany, for up to a week starting on 17 May, a company source said on Wednesday.
The company’s supplies have been on strict allocation mainly because its biggest chlorine plant, based at Botlek, Rotterdam, the ?xml:namespace>
AkzoNobel's chlorine plant in Botlek is the third largest in Europe, with a production capacity of 633,000 tonnes/year according to ICIS. Dow Chemical’s chlorine plant in Stade, Germany, has the biggest production capacity with around 1.59m tonne/year, followed by INEOS’s 746,000 tonne/year plant in Runcorn, in the UK.
The four-week shutdown at Botlek has constrained the production of chlorine derivatives at AkzoNobel's Frankfurt-based plant, meaning the company has not been able to boost volumes in preparation for the upcoming shutdown.
The source said that because of low inventories and strong demand, the company will only be selling to regular customers for the next few months.
This is adding to an already tight European market, where around 34% of chlorine production has been taken offline from March to May.
Production outages and short feedstock availability coupled with an expected rebound in demand in April has led to increases this week of up to €50/tonne in the prices of chlorine derivatives such as methylene chloride.
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