Salt: Tropical Storm Harvey shuts 37% of US chloralkali production

Roskill view: A third of US chemical production has been disrupted by Tropical Storm Harvey, boosting prices and threatening shortages for salt-derived industrial materials such as chlorine and caustic soda.


Producers such as Olin Corp., Occidental Chemical Corp. and Formosa have shut plants and cut back operations in recent days along the flooded US Gulf Coast. Those disruptions have affected an estimated 37% of US chloralkali production capacity. The largest price impact is likely to be on caustic soda as near-record US exports had already driven prices up 77% over 16 months according to Jason Miner of Bloomberg Intelligence. Bloomberg spoke about this trend alongside Roskill at the 21st World Chloralkali conference back in May.


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