TCI Sanmar runs trials at 50% for PVC plant in Egypt

22 August 2011 11:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Sanmar Group’s TCI Sanmar has begun trials at 50% for its 200,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Port Said, Egypt, this week, a source close to the company said late on Monday.

The trials will gradually be stepped up to 100% in September, the source said.

“We [do not know yet] how soon we can push production rates to 100%, but it will be as soon as possible,” the source added. “There is no point in having idle operating capacity.”

TCI Sanmar’s integrated upstream vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and ethylene dichloride (EDC) plants have likewise begun running at similar operating ratios to the PVC plant.

The PVC plant, which can use either ethylene or EDC as feedstock, is using EDC for the trials. The feedstock that will be used for commercial production will be dependent on the availability and affordability of each.

The products manufactured will either be sold to the domestic market or exported to nearby countries, depending on which option gives a better netback, said the source.

TCI Sanmar plans to expand the nameplate capacity of the PVC plant to 400,000 tonnes/year in the next two years, added the source.

PVC is a versatile thermoplastic with a wide range of uses including pipes and fittings, profiles, cables, flooring, and films and sheets. At least 50% of the market is driven by the construction/housing industry.

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By: Loh Bowei

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