US Axiall’s Lake Charles VCM unit running at 75% following outage

13 February 2013 16:38  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Axiall’s vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant at Lake Charles, Louisiana, is currently running at almost 75% of capacity and should soon be back to full capacity following a fire and disruption in December, the CEO of the US-based chlor-alkali and VCM producer said on Wednesday.

“The unit is now running at two-thirds, near three-quarters, type of range, and working toward the full range,” Paul Carrico told analysts during Axiall’s fourth-quarter results conference call.

Carrico added that the outage was expected to have only a modest impact on Axiall, given that the incident occurred before the operations officially became part of Axiall.

At the time of the incident in December, the plant at Lake Charles was still part of PPG Industries. PPG's commodity chemical merged with Georgia Gulf to form Axiall, effective from 28 January.

PPG in December had declared force majeure for VCM from Lake Charles and for all grades of the liquid caustic soda.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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