19 April 2011 15:53 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Major chlor-alkali producer INEOS ChlorVinyls has restarted its 763,000 tonne/year chlorine plant at ?xml:namespace>
The unit resumed operations last week after a three-week maintenance shutdown. A market source said the plant was now running at normal capacity, although this could not be confirmed.
Market sources said the turnaround had led to a temporary product shortage in the local market. One distributor said it had been forced to import material from mainland
The company has yet to restart its 155,000 tonne/year methylene chloride and chloroform facilities, also at Runcorn, despite expectations that production would resume by about 17 April. A company source said on Tuesday that technical problems had delayed the operations.
Production at the plant stopped on 12 March for a month-long maintenance shutdown. The facility produces 100,000 tonnes/year of methylene chloride, 55,000 tonnes/year of chloroform and smaller quantities of carbon tetrachloride.
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