Spolana restarts PVC, caprolactam ops in Neratovice after floods

20 August 2013 17:44  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Spolana has successfully started up its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and caprolactam operations at Neratovice, north of Prague in the Czech Republic, and existing force majeures have been lifted, the company said on Tuesday.

PVC and caprolactum operations at the site were resumed on 14 August and 18 August respectively, it said, after flood-damaged facilities including the site's power and sewage treatment plants had been restored.

Precise details were not available on the restarts of Spolana’s chlorine, caustic soda, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and ammonia facilities.

Previous reports suggested that all Spolana’s major plants would be back in action by mid August.

The PVC operations were expected to restart around 13 August, and the chlorine, VCM and caustic soda plants were scheduled to resume prior to this. The company’s ammonium sulphate fertilizer plant was due to restart at the same time as the caprolactam unit in mid August.

Spolana was forced to shut down production at its Neratovice site in early June because of extensive flooding. The company subsequently declared force majeure on the products manufactured at the site and said it would be unable to supply products until at least 31 July.

Spolana is a subsidiary of Polish PVC and nitrogen fertilizer producer Anwil, which itself is owned by the PKN Orlen oil and petrochemicals group.

Spolana's nameplate production capacities at Neratovice are 135,000 tonnes/year for PVC, 150,000 tonnes/year for caustic soda, 135,000 tonnes/year for VCM and 40,000 tonnes/year for caprolactam, according to ICIS.


By: Heidi Finch
+44 20 8652 3214



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