Arkema to lift force majeure on Jarrie chloralkali site at end of March

28 March 2014 10:18 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Arkema will lift its force majeure on its chloralkali plant in Jarrie, France, at the end of March because the unit is now running at full operating rates, a company source said on Friday.

''The plan is to lift the force majeure end of this month, I will be sending out the notice on Monday (31 March),'' the source said.
 
A force majeure on chlorine and caustic soda has been in place since the end of January following a spate of restart problems for technical reasons and low stock levels.
 
The chlorlalkali facility in Jarrie was originally taken down in October 2013 for a production technology upgrade. During the shutdown, Arkema converted the chlorine production at the plant from mercury cell to membrane technology for legal reasons.
 
The Jarrie unit produces 74,000 tonnes/year of chlorine and 81,000 dry metric tonnes/year of caustic soda. Caustic soda is a co-product of chlorine in the electrolysis process.

By Renee Lawrence