PVC Malaysia runs PVC plant at 20-30% because of VCM unit shutdown

27 July 2011 11:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PVC Malaysia is operating its 150,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Kerteh in Terengganu at 20-30% because of a shortage in feedstock vinyl chloride (monomer) (VCM), a company source said on Wednesday.

The producer shut the 400,000 tonne/year VCM unit last week because of a production issue, the source said. The unit is located at the same site.

The VCM plant will remain off line until the end of this month, according to the source.

As a result, the export volumes of PVC are limited as the company is giving priority to the domestic market, the source added.

PVC Malaysia is a subsidiary of Malaysia’s state-owned firm, PETRONAS.

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By: Feliana Widjaja

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