Olin has declared force majeure for chlorine, diaphragm grade caustic soda, hydrogen, hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite, and sodium chloride produced at its McIntosh, AL facility. The force majeure was declared due to an unexpected equipment failure at the facility, which caused a production shutdown. Sources say that a pressure valve blew open, causing caustic soda to be spilled. The facility was damaged, along with some employees' cars, sources say.
“Olin is working diligently to minimize the impact of these events and will work to resume production capabilities as soon as possible,” the company says.
The force majeure does not apply to SunBelt, a joint venture between Olin and PolyOne located at the McIntosh facility. Sunbelt remains in operation, Olin says.