31 May 2013 21:52 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Hydrochloric acid (HCl) availability in the UK remains tight following the announced shutdown and reconfiguration of INEOS ChlorVinyls's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) site in Runcorn in England, a trader said on Friday.
Material is being exported from mainland Europe to the UK to compensate for lost volumes.
The trader said it is now importing 40% of its required material from Europe. It had been importing 15% prior to the annoucement.
“We’re trying to get new procedures in place with the way we work internally,” the trader said. “Previously, we were getting 85% of our requirements from Runcorn, and it's now 60%, because they’ve reduced their capacity. We will get 40% from mainland Europe.”
Earlier in January, INEOS ChlorVinyls announced it would close its PVC plant in Runcorn. It will also reconfigure the site's vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant so it could produce ethylene dichloride (EDC).
HCl is a by-product of VCM production.
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