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Plaquemine Update

June 15, 2022


Tue, June 14, 2022 at 4:05 PM·6 min readIn this article:

CLAYTON, Mo., June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced that half of its Plaquemine, Louisiana chlor alkali facility has returned to operation, which has been down since April 2022, with the remainder expected to return to operations in early August 2022.  Olin’s Freeport, Texas facility continues to operate at a reduced level of power generation with the expectation that a portion of the power generation will be restored in fourth quarter 2022.  In May, Olin resumed integrated epoxy resin production at its Stade, Germany facility, which had been temporarily idled in March 2022.

Olin logo (PRNewsfoto/Olin Corporation)
Olin logo (PRNewsfoto/Olin Corporation)

During second quarter 2022, Olin has experienced weaker than anticipated epoxy resin demand in North America and South America.  Olin is unwilling to sell incremental volume into a poor-quality market and operating the epoxy resin facilities at less than 50% operating rates is impractical.  As a result of these factors, Olin Corporation announced that it is temporarily curtailing epoxy and related upstream inputs production at its Freeport, Texas and Guaruja, Brazil facilities.

Olin Corporation also announced that it is temporarily curtailing a significant portion of its ethylene dichloride and related chlor alkali production at its Freeport, Texas facility.  As Olin’s unique model adapts in real-time to globally prioritize system value; with the resumption of its Plaquemine, Louisiana operations; with high electrical power costs in Texas; and considering the poor-quality ethylene dichloride market conditions, Olin has decided to suspend this production.


Olin Corporation is a leading vertically-integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition.  The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach, hydrogen, and hydrochloric acid.  Winchester’s principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

Visit www.olin.com for more information on Olin.


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