Spolchemie to shut perchloroethylene unit for two-week maintenance

21 February 2012 17:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Czech chemical producer Spolchemie will shut its 15,000 tonne/year perchloroethylene plant on Wednesday for two weeks of maintenance, a company source said on Tuesday.

“We planned to produce until the end of this week, but we had some problems with our electrolysis unit and had to suspend production a bit earlier than expected,” the source said.

Spolchemie does not have enough stock of perchloroethylene to continue supply during the maintenance period, so customers might need to find alternative producers, the source added.

However, the turnaround is not expected to have a major impact on the European market, where there is sufficient material available.

The plant, in Usti nad Labem, in the north of the Czech Republic, is expected to resume production on 5-6 March.

($1 = €0.76)

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