30 May 2013 12:53 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--South Africa-based NCP Chlorchem will halt caustic soda production at its Kempton Park plant on Monday for two days of planned maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.
The maintenance follows Sasol’s Sasolberg chlor-alkali plant shutdown in mid-May.
As a result of the maintenances, local caustic soda availability serving the contract market is tight.
Nevertheless, 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’s Kempton Park plant currently produces around 6,500 tonne/month of caustic soda. New capacity, which will add a further 1,500 tonnes/month, began its warm-up process on Monday, a company source confirmed.
The maintenance is not linked to the extra-capacity being brought online.
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