Two-hour outage hits Hanwha Chemical’s Yeosu units on typhoon

28 August 2012 10:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical shut its facilities in Yeosu for about two hours on Tuesday because of a power outage as Typhoon Bolaven swept through the western coast of the country, a company source said.

Typhoon Bolaven has caused heavy rains and strong winds in southern and western parts of South Korea after passing through Japan’s Okinawa on Monday.

Two of Hanwha Chemical’s polyethylene (PE) plants at Yeosu were shut at 6:30 South Korea time (22:30 GMT), the company source said.

The two plants produce linear low density PE (LLDPE) with a combined capacity of 224,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

The PE plants were restarted after about two hours and their production has been raised back to 100%, the source said.

Hanwha Chemical’s other PE plants at Yeosu, consisting of a 155,000 tonne/year LLDPE plant, and two low density PE (LDPE) plants with a combined capacity of 327,000 tonnes/year were not affected by the typhoon, he said.

Among its other plants that were briefly shut by the power outage include a 680,000 dry metric tonne/year caustic soda; 430,000 tonne/year ethylene dichloride; 360,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride monomer, and; 350,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride plants, a source close to the company said.

Production loss for the chlor-alkali and PVC units is minimal, the source said.

Additional reporting by Feliana Widjaja

By: Chow Bee Lin
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