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Shintech restarting its PVC complexes in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida

September 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shintech, a subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. and the largest US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer, has regained access to industrial gases needed to operate its PVC complexes in Plaquemine and Addis, reported S&P Global with reference to sources familiar with the company's operations.

That access, plus restoration of electric power, allowed the company to begin restart activities.

Those sources said the restarts would be gradual, as PVC complexes involve multiple plants that have to be restarted one by one while checking for any storm-related, as-yet-undiscovered damage.

At Plaquemine, Shintech operates the following production capacities: 500,000 mt/year cracker; 600,000 mt/year PVC; 1.77 million mt/year vinyl chloride (VCM); 2 million mt/year ethylene dichloride (EDC); 1.16 million mt/year chlorine; 1.28 million mt/year caustic soda.

And at Addis, the company has a PVC plant with the production capacity of 900,000 mt/year.

Besides, Shintech declared force majeure for caustic soda supplies on September 1, 2021.

As MRC informed previously, Shintech will start up the first phase of an expansion across the PVC production chain at its Louisiana complex in September, 2021.

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.

Shintech Inc. is the world's largest producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is a general-use resin that is finding wide application in goods used in daily life and a significant number of industrial materials. Shintech is committed to operating safe and environmentally responsible facilities.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, etilen dihlorid, vinilhlorid, kausticheskaya soda, SPVC, propylene, ethylene, Shin-Etsu, Shintech, USA.
Category:General News
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