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OxyChem to conduct PVC turnaround in Texas in April

March 06/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- OxyChem, the chemical division of Occidental Petroleum, has a seven-day polyvinyl cloride (PVC) turnaround slated for April at its plant in Pasadena, Texas, USA, reported S&P Global with reference to a source familiar with company operations.

This plant's production capacity is 1 million mt/year.

The company did not respond to a request for comment.

As MRC wrote before, OxyChem's La Porte complex has 1,250,000 tpa of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) production capacity, which suffered a production upset in late June, 2015. VCM is an intermediate material that is later transformed into PVC.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, contrary to seasonal factors, Russian producers of unmixed PVC have maintained a high level of capacity utilisation. Russia's overal PVC output totalled 91,700 tonnes in January 2020, up by 4% year on year. January production of unmixed PVC was 91,700 tonnes versus 87,760 tonnes in January 2019 and 81,400 tonnes in December 2019. Thus, despite relatively weak demand for resin from the domestic market, the average capacity utilisation exceeded 95% last month. Russia's overall PVC production reached 975,000 tonnes in 2019, compared to 958,600 tonnes a year earlier.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OxyChem) is a California-based oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. Oxychem is Oxy"s Texas-based subsidiary which manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda used in plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, vinilhlorid, SPVC, OxyChem, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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