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Accident Keeps Braskem Unit Offline

10:19 AM MDT | June 13, 2011 | —LINDSEY BEWLEY

Braskem’s chlor-alkali unit at its Maceio facility at Alagoas, Brazil has been shut down following a chlorine leak and subsequent pipeline rupture on May 21 and May 23. The Maceio unit has a capacity of 250,000m.t./year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), 460,000 m.t./year of caustic soda and about 600,000 m.t./year of ethylene dichloride (EDC). The company took the chlor-alkali unit offline following the chlorine leak and says there is enough chlorine and caustic soda stock to cope with about 10 days of supply constraints. No timeline for the unit’s restart...

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