China’s Shanghai Chlor-Alkali to shut two caustic soda lines

14 June 2012 11:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical plans to shut two lines at its 720,000 dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda plant at Caojing Chemical Park in Shanghai for 10 days starting from 15 June, a company source said on Thursday.

The shutdown is to balance its chlorine output because of the product’s poor sales, which is a result of plant maintenance shutdowns in the downstream sectors that consume chlorine, the source added.

Chlorine a by-product of caustic soda production.

Shanghai Chlor-Alkali’s caustic soda plant has a total of four lines.

The plant shutdown is expected to lead to a loss of 15,000 dmt of liquid caustic soda and tighten availability in Shanghai, an industry source said.

Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical has a total caustic soda capacity of 870,000 dmt/year, which includes a 150,000 dmt/year plant at Wujing in Shanghai that is operating at 70% capacity.

By: Sikee Shi

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