Spolana's Czech chloralkali reduced, vinyl ops remain down

03 October 2013 12:41  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Czech-based Spolana’s chlor-alkali production is running at reduced rates and its vinyl operations at Neratovice in the Czech Republic remain down on the back of temporary upstream ethylene constraints, a press spokesperson from its Polish parent company Anwil said on Thursday.

However, PVC output at the Neratovice site is expected to be resumed by the end of this week, added the spokesperson.

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.

Previous reports suggested that the vinyl operations at Spolana's Czech Republic site went down around 21 September and the plan was to restart on 2 October, provided there was sufficient ethylene feedstock supply, as previously mentioned by another Anwil source last week.

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 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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