S Korea’s Samsung Fine Chemicals resumes full production of ECH

30 April 2013 09:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Samsung Fine Chemicals increased the operating rate of its 60,000 tonne/year epichlorohydrin (ECH) plant in Ulsan to 100% capacity from 50% over the weekend of 27-28 April, a company source said on Tuesday.

The ECH plant’s operating rate was reduced from full production to 50% capacity on 14 April, because chlorine supply was reduced following a leak in the pipe linking an electrolysis unit to the ECH plant.

The chlorine leak led to the shutdown of one of the producer’s two electrolysis plants, the source said previously.

However, Samsung Fine Chemicals has restarted the electrolysis plant, the source added.

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 said.

As its current inventory of ECH remains short, Samsung will limit its exports and focus on supplying to its domestic market for the time being, the source said.

By: Hazel Goh

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