Flooding halts production at Synthos Czech site

04 June 2013 19:03  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Poland-headquartered company Synthos said on Tuesday that it has stopped production at its site in the Czech Republic as a result of the floods currently sweeping the country.

The company has stopped production at its site in Kralupy due to flooding from the nearby Vltava river. However, Synthos’ production facilities in the area are not currently at risk of being flooded, the company added.

At present, there is no indication as to when the facility might resume production.

“In view of the extraordinary nature of the situation, at present moment [Synthos’ board of directors] does not have sufficient knowledge to determine the duration of downtime of the production units,” the company said in a statement.

The Vltava’s high waters might flood the pumping station in Kralupy, which is an essential element for maintaining operations at the company’s production units, Synthos added.

The Kralupy site includes a 90,000 tonne/year butadiene unit, a 300,000 tonne/year ethylbenzene unit, and a 170,000 tonne/year styrene plant, according to ICIS plants and projects.

The facility also features a 90,000 tonne/year styrene-butadiene rubber unit, a 100,000 tonne/year expandable polystyrene unit, an 87,000 tonne/year polystyrene unit, and a 2,000 tonne/year polybutadiene rubber unit.

Czech companies Spolchemie and Spolana also announced shutdowns on Tuesday as a result of the flood waters.


By: Tom Brown
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