28 April 2011 15:24 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Arkema declared force majeure (FM) on supplies of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on Thursday following an explosion and subsequent shutdown at its oxychlorination and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit in Lavera, France, a source at the French chlor-alkali producer said.
The small explosion happened on 22 April and the unit had to be shut down for repairs. VCM is used in the production of PVC and co-polymers.
“Customers [of PVC] will be informed about allocation,” the source added, but was unable to reveal specific percentages of rates and said it would depend on the product and grade.
The reduced availability of VCM out of Lavera will impact the availability of PVC from its St Fons site, which has a nameplate capacity of 220,000 tonnes/year, and its 320,000 tonne/year Balan unit.
The VCM production at Lavera recently came back up from a planned maintenance shutdown on 20 April.
In other production news, INEOS ChlorVinyls will be unable to supply chloromethanes due to an FM declaration from 27 April, the company said in a statement on its website.
INEOS believes the events resulting in FM are likely to end mid-May, but this is an estimated date only and is subject to change.
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