UK HCl supply eases following three months of tight supply

14 June 2013 19:09  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Hydrochloric acid (HCl) availability in the UK has eased, following approximately three months of tightness, a distributor said on Friday.

“It’s quite stable, supply has eased and everything has come into place,” the UK-based distributor said. “It’s taken a while to get the supply structures in place, but we’ve now got everything in place to keep demand satisfied. It is more balanced.”

Volumes are being exported from Europe to compensate for the lost volumes.

A producer based in northwest Europe said: “It’s not so critical in the UK anymore. Their supply will be compensated for by the continent.”

The market tightened in March, owing to the shutdown and reconfiguration of INEOS ChlorVinyls' polyvinyl chloride (PVC) site in Runcorn in England.

INEOS ChlorVinyls had announced in January that it would close its PVC plant in Runcorn. It will also reconfigure the site's vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant so it can produce ethylene dichloride (EDC).

HCI can be produced either by burning chlorine or as a byproduct of various chlor-alkali and fluorocarbon processes and potassium sulphate production.

By: Helena Strathearn
+44 208 652 3214

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