US Westlake expects Louisiana VCM plant back on line in May

26 April 2012 20:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical producer Westlake expects to have its integrated louisiana chlor-alkali plant at Geismar fully operational by mid-May following an explosion and fire in March, a company spokesman said on Thursday.

The 22 March explosion primarily affected Westlake's vinyl chloride monomoer (VCM) tower at the plant. There were no injuries.

As a result of the incident, Houston-based Westlake later declared a force majeure on polyvinyl choride (PVC), the major end-product of VCM.

"The needs repairs are underway," spokesman David Hansen said. He addded that the company is continuing its investigation of the root cause of the explosion. He did not indicate when the force majeure would be lifted.


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