Flood-hit Czech producer Spolana down until at least 31 July

14 June 2013 15:05  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Flood-hit Czech polyvinyl chloride (PVC), caprolactam (capro) and caustic soda producer Spolana has extended the force majeure period under which it expects to be unable to deliver products to at least 31 July from 20 June, the company said on Thursday.

All production facilities at Spolana's production site in Neratovice, north of Prague, by the River Elbe, remained offline, said Krzysztof Wojdylo, spokesman for Anwil, the Polish PVC and nitrogen fertilizer company that owns Spolana.

Anwil, itself owned by Poland's PKN Orlen group, was not yet ready to provide more information on the shutdown at Spolana, he added.

Spolana preventively shut down all its plants and moved production components and raw materials to secure areas on 3 June prior to the inundation of the production site.

The company's production installations include a 135,000 tonne/year PVC plant, a 40,000 tonne/year caprolactam plant and a 150,000 tonne/year caustic soda plant.

Two other chemical companies in the Czech Republic which were forced to cease production by the floods, epoxy resins producer Spolchemie and synthetic rubber producer Synthos, on 11 June announced that all the restarts of their production installations had been completed.

The floods which hit central Europe were the worst since 2002. Ten people lost their lives in the Czech Republic while tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as swollen rivers burst their banks.

Additional reporting by Heidi Finch

By: Will Conroy
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