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Inorganic Chemicals

Geological problems halt Braskem production in Brazil

by Alexander H. Tullo
May 18, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 20

 

Braskem is suspending chlor-alkali and ethylene dichloride operations at its plants in Maceió, in Brazil’s Alagoas state. The company says the decision may also impact polyvinyl chloride operations in Alagoas and vinyl-related plants in Bahia, Brazil. The shutdown follows the appearance of fissures in buildings and a small earthquake in Maceió, near where Braskem extracts sodium chloride–containing brine. Brazilian geologists say the salt extraction plus erosion from heavy rains could have led to ground instability.

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