US Westlake declares force majeure on PVC after issues at plant

14 February 2013 16:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS--US petrochemical producer Westlake has declared a force majeure on all resin products, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), following production issues at its vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) facility in Geismar, Louisiana, a source close to the company confirmed on Thursday.

The force majeure affects resin shipments for February and March, the source said. The facility has had a series of problems since a planned maintenance began in late November 2012, the source said.

Westlake began notifying customers by letter on Tuesday. The company is using its allocation plan to meet requirements, the source said.

Westlake’s Geismar Vinyls Corp has a VCM capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS Plants and Projects.

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By: Ken Fountain

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