Tosoh Guangzhou restarts PVC plant; feedstock to last end-January

09 January 2012 10:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Tosoh Guangzhou has restarted its 230,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in northern China on 5 January, and has enough feedstock to run the plant until the end of the month, a company source said on Monday.

The two lines of the plant are running, the source said without stating their exact operating rates.

Tosoh Guangzhou’s PVC plant halted production on 12 December because of a shortage of feedstock vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).

“We plan to keep running until end of January. However, we don’t offer [cargoes] officially this month,” the source said.

Whether or not the plant will run in February will depend on its supply of VCM, the source said.

The PVC plant gets its VCM supply from Tosoh Corp’s facility at Nanyo, Japan, that was damaged by an explosion in November. The three lines of the VCM facility have yet to restart.

“It was heard that Tosoh Guangzhou bought three ships [of] VCM from Korea, thus its PVC plants restarted in January, but it wasn’t confirmed,” the company source said.

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By: Maggie Zhu

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