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Force majeure on Lake Charles VCM, PVC of Westlake Polymer remains in force in December

December 16/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- As of 8 December, Westlake Polymers has left in force the declared on Aug. 31 force majeure on its North American polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and upstream vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plants, after Hurricane Laura adversely impacted its Lake Charles, Louisiana, complex, reported S&P Global.

Westlake's shutdown of its Lake Charles complex idled 38% of its US VCM production, resulting in two VCM plants with a combined capacity of 952,318 mt/year going offline. The complex also has three upstream chlor-alkali plants with a combined capacity of 1.27 million mt/year of chlorine and 1.36 million mt/year of caustic soda - 46% of the company's overall North American chlor-alkali capacity.

Westlake Chemical was in the process of a restart following the loss of electricity from Hurricane Laura on 27 August when the arrival of Hurricane Delta on 9 October interrupted the process.

Hurricane Delta appears to have wreaked minimal damage to chemical facilities in Lake Charles, Louisiana, just six weeks after Hurricane Laura blew through the region, severely damaging major electricity transmission lines that left facilities offline for weeks.

Westlake Chemical said in a statement on Oct. 12 that initial assessments after Delta's Oct. 9 landfall showed "very limited physical damage" to its Lake Charles complex, and facilities were "in the process of restarting."

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PVC production reached 891,200 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020, down by 0.3% year on year. However, two producers managed to increase their PVC output.

Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company's range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, chlor-alkali and derivative products, PVC suspension and specialty resins, PVC Compounds, and PVC building products including siding, pipe, fittings and specialty components, windows, fence, deck and film.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, vinilhlorid, kausticheskaya soda, SPVC, Westlake Chemical, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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