US Georgia Gulf planning Q2 turnaround at Louisiana plant

16 February 2012 21:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical producer Georgia Gulf said on Thursday that it will begin a turnaround of its chlor-alkali facilities at its Plaquemine plant in Louisiana in May.

Chief exeuctive and president Paul Carrico announced the turnaround during a conference call with investors on Thursday. Carrico said the turnaround will reduce about 6% of the company’s total chlor-alkali manufacturing capacity.

He said the project is “one of [the company's] most substantial turnarounds in many years”. Georgia Gulf's facilities undergo such turnarounds approximately every three years, Carrico added.

The turnaround should last about two to three weeks, a company spokesman later said.

According to ICIS Plants and Projects, the Louisiana plant’s chlor-alkali facilities manufactures 410,000 tonne/year of caustic soda; 365,000 tonne/year of chlorine; 1,130,000 tonnes/year of ethylene dichloride (EDC); 560,000 tonnes/year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC); 725,000 tonnes/year of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). The plant also makes acetone, methyl styrene and phenol.

By: Ken Fountain

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