Arkema to restart Lavera VCM; INEOS Runcorn PVC delayed

15 April 2011 18:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--French chlor-alkali producer Arkema is on schedule to restart its vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant in Lavera, France, by the weekend of 23 April, a company source said on Friday.

The facility had been taken off line for a planned maintenance outage in late March/early April that had been due to last for four to five weeks.

This had impacted on the 341,000 tonne/year chlorine production at the site, which had in turn affected downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production, reducing the quantity the company could offer outside of its contractual obligations.

“The maintenance meant the volumes of PVC we could sell [outside of contracts] had been cut over March and April, but we are due to restart the plant on 23 April, and an even earlier start up date could be possible,” the source outlined.

Elsewhere, INEOS ChlorVinyls' chlor-alkali facility at Runcorn in the UK was also in the process of restarting its 105,000 tonne/year PVC unit, according to a company source close to caustic soda production, but this had been delayed by one week.

The source said: “It's not as easy as flicking a switch and everything comes back on, you have to switch all the downstream production back on at the same time and this has caused some issues.”

The site had gone down on 1 February and was expected to be down for around a month.

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By: Stephanie Wilson
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