Arkema lifts PVC force majeure after restarting Lavera VCM unit

06 June 2011 17:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Arkema on Monday lifted its declaration of force majeure on supplies of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) after restarting its oxychlorination and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit in Lavera, France, a company source said.

Arkema declared force majeure on 28 April following an explosion and subsequent shutdown of its 525,000 tonne/year oxychlorination and VCM unit at Lavera.

The reduced availability of VCM out of Lavera affected the availability of PVC from Arkema's St Fons site, which has a nameplate capacity of 220,000 tonnes/year, and its 320,000 tonne/year Balan unit.

Arkema fully restarted its VCM facility last week and the PVC units are now running normally, the source said.

Sales of PVC products from Arkema's facilities in Saint-Auban, France, and Hernani, Spain, will remain on allocation until further notice, the source added.

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By: Abache Abreu
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