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Egyptian EPC’s VCM plant down again

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 17/02/2015 (11:27)
A source from one of Egypt’s PVC producers EPC reported that they shut down their 88,000 tons/year VCM plant due to a technical problem last Thursday, February 12. EPC’s VCM unit had previously been shut on January 10th for maintenance. The plant was off line for around 18 days before it was restarted on January 28th.

Now, the VCM unit’s operations are suspended again. “The company has two options ahead of them. EPC will either start a maintenance shutdown on their VCM unit that will take around 10 days to tackle the technical issue or they will bring their annual maintenance date forward and conduct a turnaround that might take around two months. EPC was originally planning to conduct their annual maintenance shutdown for after the month of Ramadan. However, the company has not reached a conclusion on this issue yet and the decision is expected to be made within two days,” added the source.

EPC is reported to hold sufficient PVC stocks to deliver to the market. The producer also issued increases of EGP250/ton ($33/ton), bringing their offers for PVC k67-68 to EGP7250/ton ($951/ton) and their offers for PVC k70 to EGP7400/ton ($970/ton) on ex-Alexandria, cash not including VAT basis for the second half of February.
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