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Formosa partially restarts its PVC operations in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Ida

September 13/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Formosa Plastics USA, part of Formosa Petrochemical, partially restarted its Baton Rouge operations, which include a 513,000 mt/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant, post-Ida on September 7, 2021, reported S&P Global with reference to sources familiar with company operations.

Meanwhile, the company is awaiting full restoration of normal industrial gas feedstock supply, according to sources.

Formosa declared force majeure on PVC on 3 September, 2021, in light of reduced output after the storm's assault, according to a customer letter seen Sept. 7.

Formosa did not respond to a request for comment.

As MRC wrote previously, Formosa Plastics USA has postponed the start-up of its expanded PVC production capacities at its existing plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Q4 2022. Initially, the company planned to launch the expanded capacities at its 513,000 mt/year of PVC plant in Q4 2021.  Formosa did not respond to inquiries about the delay. The company intends to debottleneck production at this plant, adding 130,077 mt/year of PVC capacity, according to permitting documents.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall production of unmixed PVC totalled 580,500 tonnes in the first seven months of 2021, up by 4% year on year. At the same time, one producer reduced its output.

Formosa Petrochemical is involved primarily in the business of refining crude oil, selling refined petroleum products and producing and selling olefins (including ethylene, propylene, butadiene and BTX) from its naphtha cracking operations. Formosa Petrochemical is also the largest olefins producer in Taiwan and its olefins products are mostly sold to companies within the Formosa Group. Among the company's chemical products are paraxylene (PX), phenyl ethylene, acetone and pure terephthalic acid (PTA). The company"s plastic products include acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resins, polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP) and panlite (PC).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, SPVC, Formosa, USA.
Category:General News
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