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Fire at Naphthachimie, Kem One declares PVC, VCM force majeure

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 19/05/2015 (15:11)
Market players in Europe reported today that Kem One has declared force majeure on PVC and VCM supplies from its plant at Lavera, France. This follows force majeure declarations from two other regional PVC producers, Ineos and Vinnolit.

Kem One reportedly lacks ethylene following a fire at the cracker of its supplier, Naphthachimie, also located at Lavera. A fire was reported to have hit the cracker complex on Sunday, May 17 and according to the latest reports, the damage is believed to be extensive. Kem One has stopped production at Lavera and reduced rates at its plant at Fos-sur-Mer.

The Naphthachimie cracker has a capacity of 740,000 tons/year and is jointly owned by Ineos and Total.
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