Ineos Vinyls Italia, a subsidiary of UK based Ineos, has yet again deferred a decision on the future of PVC production at Porto Marghera, Italy. On 29 July, the board of directors arrived at a decision to continue tight lipped until end of Q3, following deliberations with other parties.
Inability to settle a long standing problem over supply of chlorine to Porto Marghera site, just outside Venice, could force Ineos to quit production of poly vinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). Current PVC production capacity at the plant is approximately 200,000 tpa. Since 2000, Ineos has pumped in €60 mln in the Porto Marghera site, and has been working since 2004 on a modernisation plan. The company plans to increase PVC capacity by 60,000 to 260,000 tpa, in a move that will balance production of VCM and PVC. However, the pre condition to the capacity increase is procurement of sufficient quantities of feedstock chlorine. For this, Ineos had chalked out plans to acquire chlor-alkali plant, currently owned by Syndial, a subsidary of the Italian Eni group. Ineos may quit the Porto Marghera site if it cannot solve its chlorine supply problems.