Samsung Fine Chemicals halves ECH output on reduced chlorine supply

16 April 2013 12:28  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Samsung Fine Chemicals cut the operating rate at its 60,000 tonne/year epichlorohydrin (ECH) plant in Ulsan from full rate to 50% capacity on 14 April because of reduced chlorine supply, a company source said on Tuesday.

There was a chlorine leak in the pipe linking the electrolysis unit to the ECH plant on 14 April, which led to the shutdown of one of its two electrolysis plants, affecting the chlorine supply to the ECH plant, the source said.

The two electrolysis plants are capable of producing 105,000 dry metric tonnes (dmt)/year of caustic soda and around 92,500 dmt/year of chlorine each, the source added.

The leak was said to be fixed but investigations of the leak by the authorities is ongoing. The company expects the investigation to be completed and the electrolysis unit to be restarted in about half a month’s time, the source said.

The company will withhold offers for April exports so that there is sufficient supply to its domestic market for the month of April, the source said.

By: Hazel Goh

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