South African Sasol resumes Sasolburg chlor-alkali plant output

23 May 2013 10:36  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Production at Sasol’s Sasolburg chlor-alkali plant in South Africa has resumed, following planned maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.

The outage began in the second week of May. The plant is in the process of restarting, but production rates are effectively normal, the source said.

The complex produces caustic soda, chlorine, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). The source could not confirm the nameplate capacities for these products.

Other southern African caustic soda sellers said that they have seen an increase in demand as a result of the outage, leading to an increase in prices for domestic product.

One seller said that it had sold solid material at an equivalent of $600/tonne (€468/tonne) CFR (cost & freight) Durban, which is significantly above import prices. Imports into southern Africa were at $520-535/tonne CFR Durban last week.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Mark Victory
+44 208 652 3214

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