20 June 2013 16:09 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--South African caustic soda producer NCP Chlorchem confirmed on Thursday that its new facility at Kempton Park is running smoothly, following a brief interruption to output last week.
The company was allegedly seeing production difficulties as a result of a maintenance shutdown and expansion project at the site, market sources had said.
However, a company executive said on Wednesday that the technical hitch caused the unit to be out of operation for less than one day.
The unit came back on line on the evening of 10 June and had been running smoothly since then.
NCP Chlorchem began the start-up of increased capacity the plant on 30 May. The plant's nameplate capacity before the expansion was around 6,500 tonnes/month of caustic soda, while the extra capacity will add 1,500 tonnes/month.
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