Production problems force shutdown at INEOS’ Runcorn HCl plant

15 June 2011 16:55  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--One of INEOS ChlorVinyls’ hydrochloric acid (HCl) plants at Runcorn in the UK was shut down earlier this week because of production problems, a company source said on Wednesday.

The plant is expected to be back up and running by next week, the source added.

A UK distributor said it was now purchasing material from another UK provider but did not rule out the possibility of imports from mainland Europe if the plant's restart was delayed.

According to local sources, spot prices in the UK have not yet been affected, but further tightness could lead to temporary increases.  

The UK HCl market has traditionally been short, with end-user offers frequently exceeding £150/tonne (€170/tonne).

INEOS ChlorVinyls is one of the major chlor-alkali producers in Europe, a global leader in chlorine derivatives and Europe's largest PVC manufacturer.

($1 = €0.69) (€1 = £0.88)

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By: Abache Abreu
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