Perstorp declares force majeure on chlor-alkali from France site

03 November 2011 15:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Perstorp has declared force majeure on chlor-alkali supplies from its 170,000 tonne/year facility in Pont-de-Claix, France, a company source at the Sweden-based chemical producer said on Thursday.

The announcement was made on 31 October after a power cut last week that affected the site’s electrolysis unit, the source added.

Following the incident the facility was shut for two days, affecting production and reducing stocks of chlorine and caustic soda.

The plant is now back in production, although running at reduced capacity and supplying only limited volumes to regular customers.

The incident is most likely to affect the caustic soda market, in which conditions are very tight, with low inventory levels and little availability for spot business.

However, the company source said:  “The impact [of Perstorp’s force majeure] is local rather than European.”

Force majeure is expected to be lifted by the end of next week, the source added.

($1 = €0.73)

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