Corrected: AkzoNobel to implement strict sales control on caustic soda supplies

09 March 2012 13:31  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined “AkzoNobel to implement strict sales control on caustic soda supplies” dated 9 March 2012, please read in the second paragraph … AkzoNobel’s 750,000 tonne/year chlor-alkali facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands … instead of … facility in Frankfurt, Germany … A corrected story follows.

LONDON (ICIS)--AkzoNobel will implement strict sales control on caustic soda from 12 March because of supply constraints and upcoming maintenance, a source at the Netherlands-headquartered company said on Friday.

AkzoNobels 750,000 tonne/year chlor-alkali facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will be shut down during the last week of March and the first two weeks of April for regular maintenance.

The company aims to build up inventories ahead of the shutdown, when the output of chlorine and caustic soda from the site will be reduced to 25-30%.

However, outage-related tightness in the European ethylene market is constraining production of PVC, reducing chlorine offtake and availability of caustic soda.

The ethylene shortage is affecting caustic soda supply and the company’s ability to build up stocks ahead of the shutdown, the source said.

Although all contractual obligations will be met, spot orders are unlikely to be accepted.

AkzoNobel’s 45,000 tonne/year pearl caustic soda facility in Frankfurt, Germany, will also be shut down in the last week of March for one week of maintenance, the source said.

($1 = €0.75)

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