Czech Spolana's vinyl ops in Neratovice offline on feed constraints

26 September 2013 18:04  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Czech-based Spolana’s vinyl operations in Neratovice are offline on the back of upstream ethylene constraints, a company source at its Polish parent company Anwil said on Thursday.

Spolana is a subsidiary of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and nitrogen fertilizer producer Anwil, which itself is owned by Poland-based oil and petrochemicals group PKN Orlen.

Spolana was not immediately available for comment.

It is understood the chlor-alkali facilities also at the site are down, but official confirmation from the relevant part of the business was not available.

The vinyl units at Spolana's Czech Republic site went down around 21 September and the plan is to restart on 2 October, provided there is sufficient ethylene feedstock supply, according to the Anwil source.

Spolana’s operations in the Czech Republic have experienced disruption over recent months because of flooding which started in early June. The units remained off line until mid-August.

Nameplate capacity for PVC in Neratovice is pegged at 135,000 tonnes/year, according to the Anwil company source. Other nameplate capacities at Spolana's operations were not disclosed.

By: Heidi Finch
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