Nova Chemicals to shut down its Joffre chemical plant for maintenance

(plastemart) -- Canada's largest petrochemical producer Nova Chemicals plans maintenance at its Joffre chemical plant (Alberta), where it houses three ethylene plants. Flaring associated with the maintenance is expected to continue until ⌠late afternoon.


PVC from Kalush will be supplied to the market early in 2011

KALUSH (MRC) -- The PVC-S plant at Kalush will switch to steady operations already early in 2011, Karpatneftekhim's CEO S.V. Chmykhalov said.

Equipment installation work will be accomplished in October, and test runs are scheduled for the end of 2010. At this stage, the overall PVC output capacity will be at the level of 300 kta. The launch of the plant at Kalush will finalize the Chlorine/Caustic Soda - Ethylene - VCM - PVC production chain, which is going to make the enterprise one of the most competitive in the FSU and East-European markets, as well as to set a base for further development of the company.

The engineering design and equipment installation are being carried out by Germany's Uhde, and the license has been issued by Vinnolit. Karpatneftekhim is controlled by Russia's oil major LUKOIL. Overall investments into the PVC production project exceeded USD 200 million.


Chlorine-caustic production to be launched in Kalush in mid-September

KALUSH (MRC) -- Karpatneftekhim is to launch a new chlorine and caustic production in mid-September, 2010, Karpatneftekhim's CEO S.V. Chmykhalov said in Kalush.

Experts believe chlorine-caustic unit at Kalush will be the most state-of-the-art plant in Eastern Europe using membrane technology. The engineering of the project was provided by Uhde, which supplies the major equipment, as well. The overall nameplate capacity of the plant will be 200 kta of caustic soda and 180 kta of chlorine. Karpatneftekhim is controlled by Russia's oil major LUKOIL. Overall investments into the project exceeded USD 150 million.


German firm to start automotive plant in Georgia

(prw) -- Mollertech is investing $9.8m to start an injection moulding plant in Elberton, the company announced. The plant will serve automotive customers, primarily BMW.

The company's Moeller Tech unit will locate the plant in an existing 130,000-square-foot building that is already outfitted for plastics manufacturing. Mollertech, which is based in Bielefeld, Germany, said the plant will employ 75 people at its starting point.


ConocoPhilips declares polypropylene force majeure

(plastemart) -- US polypropylene maker ConocoPhillips has declared force majeure (FM) on its propylene impact copolymers deliveries in August and September. An equipment breakdown coupled with feedstock shortages has caused the supply constraints. The company anticipated it would resume normal operations sometime during September. Specific details on the equipment breakdowns were not available. The company will be unable to make up for volumes not delivered during August and September.

PP supplies continue to remain tight in USA this week with a potential for a price hike in September.