Europe Dec chlorine output falls 3.3%, caustic soda stocks down

12 January 2012 15:50  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Average European daily chlorine production in December fell by 3.3% from November 2011, while inventories of co-product caustic soda decreased by 12.6% in the same period, industry body Euro Chlor said on Thursday.

Average daily production of chlorine for the region comprising the EU27, Norway and Switzerland, stood at 24,642 tonnes in December, down from 25,475 tonnes in November. Caustic soda stocks in December were at 233,029 tonnes, down from 266,600 tonnes in November.

Euro Chlor's year-on-year figures showed that average daily chlorine production was 5.5% lower than in December 2010, while caustic soda stocks were 10,664 tonnes below the December 2010 level of 243,693 tonnes.

Chlorine capacity utilisation in December stood at 71.3%, down from 73.7% in the previous month. There has been a steady decline since June 2011, when operating rates were at 83.0%.

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2010

2011

% change

2010

2011

January

808,563

860,558

+6.4%

74.7%

80.4%

February

786,984

808,851

+2.8%

80.5%

83.6%

March

845,597

872,912

+3.2%

78.2%

81.5%

April

834,652

832,047

-0.3%

79.7%

80.3%

May

872,472

795,252

-8.9%

80.6%

74.3%

June

843,513

860,327

+2.0%

80.6%

83.0%

July

854,731

887,702

+3.9%

79.0%

82.9%

August

873,015

831,385

-4.8%

80.7%

77.6%

September

764,415

798,408

+4.4%

73.0%

77.0%

October

809,582

796,446

-1.6%

74.8%

74.4%

November

836,890

764,241

-8.7%

79.9%

73.7%

December

808,350

763,911

-5.5%

74.7%

71.3%

 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

271,668

February

295,002

281,708

March

255,758

243,406

April

246,044

260,459

May

260,670

236,790

June

252,124

266,265

July

238,609

251,382

August

246,001

259,528

September

224,331

248,558

October

221,109

242,103

November

216,159

266,600

December

243,693

233,029

($1 = €0.79)

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