French Arkema to shut Jarrie caustic soda unit for upgrade work

23 August 2013 16:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--France-based speciality chemicals producer Arkema will shut its caustic soda unit in Jarrie from 17 October to 2 December to upgrade the site’s production technology, a company source said on Friday.

The Jarrie unit produces 74,000 tonnes/year of chlorine and 81,000 dry metric tonnes/year of caustic soda, the source said. Caustic soda is a by-product of chlorine.

During the plant closure, Arkema will convert the chlorine production in Jarrie from mercury cell to membrane technology.

Arkema has informed its customers from the Jarrie unit that it won't be able to maintain deliveries to all of them during this closure.

Customers which will not be able to get caustic soda deliveries during this closure will have to find alternative sources, the Arkema company source said.

The Jarrie unit usually delivers caustic soda to customers which are located within a 200km radius of the production site.

The company said it will not have spot availability from the Jarrie unit during the closure.

Author: Renee Lawrence

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