30 May 2013 12:38 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--South Africa-based NCP Chlorchem has begun the start up of increased capacity at its caustic soda plant at Kempton Park, a company source said on Thursday.
The plant currently produces around 6,500 tonnes/month of caustic soda, and the extra capacity will add a further 1,500 tonnes/month of capacity, the source added.
The warm-up process was begun on Monday and NCP Chlorchem will begin marketing the product in June. Nevertheless, the plant will not reach full production until July, the source said.
South African caustic soda demand is stable at a low level. Buyers have moved to the sidelines of the market because of volatility in the South African rand/US dollar exchange rate. Southern Africa is a net importer of caustic soda, the majority of which is purchased on a US dollar basis.
NCP Chlorchem will suspend production at its Kempton Park facility for two days from Monday 3 June for planned maintenance, the company source said. The maintenance is not linked to the extra-capacity being brought online.
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