07 November 2011 22:27 [Source: ICIS news]
BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Caustic soda production in countries along the northern Pacific coast of South America is increasing, an industry source said on Monday.
Also, caustic soda production in parts of the the region is changing to the membrane-cell process from the mercury-cell process, the source said.
The local producer is switching to membrane from mercury in Peru, while in Colombia, all caustic soda is already produced by membrane cell, the source said.
The producer will also double caustic soda production capacity in Colombia.
Peru is self-sufficient in caustic soda.
However, Colombia and Ecuador, both caustic soda producers, need to import product to complete the countries’ requirements, according to the source, who spoke to ICIS on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires..
Ecuador may be increasing caustic soda production capacity in the near future, the source added.
Caustic soda production volumes in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru were not available from the source.
The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.
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