US PPG Industries resumes output after Louisiana chlor-alkali outage

07 December 2012 15:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--PPG Industries has regained operating rates sufficient to meet demand at its chlor-alkali production complex at Lake Charles, Louisiana, following an outage late last month, the US-based producer said on Friday.

The outage, on 28 November, was caused by a major generator transformer failure. Following an orderly start-up, the plant resumed partial operations on 30 November, PPG said.

However, power generation continues to be impacted by damaged electrical equipment, the company said, adding that it had begun repair work.

“We are now running at operating rates sufficient to meet current customer demand, and we expect to be able to continue to meet demand throughout the repair period,” said PPG executive vice president Michael McGarry.

“Due to the electrical damage, we are still not generating sufficient power internally, so we have begun to purchase power externally. We have commenced repairs to our electrical system and expect completion to take four to six weeks,” he said.

McGarry added that the lost sales volume and expense associated with the plant outage, external power purchases and equipment repairs will likely impact PPG’s fourth quarter earnings by $4m to $8m (€3m to €6m).

($1 = €0.77)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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