China’s Ningbo Donggang shuts caustic soda unit for maintenance

01 June 2012 09:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Ningbo Donggang Electrochemical has shut its 400,000 dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda plant at Ningbo in Zhejiang on 1 June for 40 days of scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Friday.

The shutdown is not only in line with maintenance shutdowns of downstream plants that consume chlorine, but also to prepare for an ongoing expansion at the caustic soda plant, the source said.

The producer started the expansion work in December 2011. The first phase, which added 100,000 dmt/year to the plant’s original 300,000 dmt/year capacity, was completed at the end of March 2012. The second phase comprises a new 100,000 dmt/year plant, which is expected to start up in July, the source said.

“By mid-July, our total capacity of caustic soda will reach 500,000 dmt/year. If [the plant] runs at full rate, there will be 270 dmt/day of additional output,” the source said.

The turnaround may cause a substantial supply reduction in the local liquid caustic soda market because the plant’s capacity is big, a market player said.

By: Sikee Shi

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