China's Anhui Huasu brings 460,000-tonne/year PVC plant in Huabei, China, online in first phase of project to include units with capacities of 560,000-tonne/year calcium carbide, 320,000-tonne/year caustic soda; latter units to be completed by end of 2011

LOS ANGELES , October 20, 2011 () – Operations have begun at Anhui Huasu’s PVC plant with an annual capacity of 460,000 tonnes, Platts reported Oct. 18.

The Chinese company has invested US$2.53 billion in a two-part expansion project that is currently underway in the Huabei, Anhui province plant.

For the first phase, which will be completed by 2011, calcium carbide and caustic soda production will also be increased to 560,000 tonnes and 320,000 tonnes per year, respectively, reported Platts.

In the second phase, annual capacity of PVC, calcium carbide and caustic soda will reach 1 million tonnes, 1.4 million tonnes, and 760,000 tonnes, respectively. Some work for the second phase has already began, but no estimated date of completion has been announced.

Anhui Huasu said the project will make it the largest PVC manufacturer in the country.

The primary source of this article is Platts, New York, on Oct. 18, 2011.

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