LONDON (ICIS)--Kem One's chloralkali production at its Lavera, France site has been reduced by strike action at the Naphtachimie cracker on the same site, threatening downstream production in France, according to a source from the company on Tuesday.
The Naphtachimie cracker at Lavera has been running at reduced rates since last week due to nationwide strike action in France.
"The chloralkali [production] is down, that's clear. Stocks were already low, which is a nuisance," the source said.
It added that if the strike does not come to an end within a few days this is likely to lead to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production problems throughout the company's system in France.
Whilst some impact is expected throughout the chlorine-based chain if the strike continues, it is unclear whether this will involve reduced PVC production or the additional purchase of feedstocks from outside sources.
"If we buy [feedstocks from outside] we have to get it in- with strikes in the harbour [this is] even more difficult than to get product out," the source said.
It described the duration of the strike as difficult to predict, noting: "This isn't a normal strike...Everyone can organize [action] the way they like, making forecasts about outcome and duration next to impossible."
The source described the Naphtachimie cracker as running at a 50% rate and said that no FM has so far been declared on production, contrary to some earlier reports.
The Lavera plant has a nameplate chlorine capacity of 399,300 tonnes/year and a caustic soda capacity of 409,300 DMT/year according to ICIS plants and projects data.
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