Germany's Vinnolit chlor-alkali and vinyl operations back on line

01 August 2013 18:14  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based Vinnolit’s chlor-alkali and vinyl operations are back on line at its Gendorf site, following the completion of its recent planned maintenance turnaround and staggered plant restart, said two company sources on Thursday.

The chlor-alkali plant at Gendorf, which came back on line last week, has been ramped up to 100% output, according to the chlor-alkali company source. The source added that the ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) units at the Gendorf site are also running again.

The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) unit at Gendorf  has also resumed output since the beginning of  this week, said the vinyl company source. It added that, while operating rates have been ramped up, there are still some hot weather-related output restrictions, albeit what it considered to be minor.

The vinyl company source added that the PVC unit at its Burghausen site was also affected by the maintenance at the Gendorf site, because VCM from Gendorf feeds the downstream PVC facility at Burghausen, also in Germany.

The planned maintenance at Gendorf started in the second half of July. Contracts have been covered during the outage period from stocks that had already been built in advance, noted the company sources.

Chlorine nameplate capacity at the Gendorf site is 180,000 tonnes/year, according to one of the company sources. Nameplate capacities for the other products were not disclosed.

By: Heidi Finch
+44 20 8652 3214

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