Philippine's PASAR still without power, phone lines

21 February 2014 10:47 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR), a key supplier of sulphuric acid in the Asia region, remains offline following damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan, a company source said on Friday.

PASAR is located at Isabel, on the western coast of the island Leyte and bore the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan when it hit in mid-November 2013.

The plant, which was expected back online in January, remains without power and a phone line, with only the hospital and other essential services on the island having phone line access restored, the source said.

Glencore Xstrata, which owns the smelter, said on 11 February in its production report for the 12 months ended 31 December 2013, that it expects PASAR to restart in the first quarter.

The company was relatively confident of a return to operations in January, even selling sulphuric acid cargoes to Indonesia, which have since had to be covered by swaps with Japanese smelters.

Serious damage was also sustained at Isabel port, which is also owned by PASAR, during the typhoon.

By Kate Wilcock