20 February 2012 15:26 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Perstorp’s chlor-alkali and toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) facilities at Pont-de-Claix in France are back on line and operating rates are being ramped up, said a source at the Swedish-based specialty chemical producer on Monday.
The units were restarted over the weekend of 18-19 February, but the force majeure on both products at the site remains in place until further notice, added the company source.
Previous reports suggested the force majeure may be lifted at the end of February and this was likely to be followed by a strict allocation programme.
On 4 February, the chlor-alkali unit was unexpectedly shut down because of strike action and the downstream TDI facility was affected as a result. This led to the force majeure declaration for both products.
Perstorp’s nameplate capacity at the site is 126,000 tonnes/year for TDI and 170,000 tonnes/year for chlorine, according to the company.
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