Vinnolit declares FM on caustic soda after problem at Knapsack

21 March 2013 14:22  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based chlor-alkali producer Vinnolit has declared force majeure on caustic soda after a technical problem at its Knapsack plant, a company source said on Thursday.

The technical problem affecting vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) facilities at the plant happened on 12 March, and customers were informed of the force majeure declaration on 14-15 March.

The problem has affected chlorine, caustic soda, ethylene dichloride (EDC) and VCM production at the plant, which is currently running at 50%.

Vinnolit has had to cut its customers’ caustic soda volumes by 25%, the source added.

Repairs are under way and the company hopes to restart the affected facilities on Friday and be producing on-spec material by Sunday, 24 March, the source said.

Vinnolit’s Knapsack plant has a chlorine capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year, while its Gendorf facility has a chlorine capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year.

By: Glynn Garlick

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