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Industrial Chemicals

Industrial Chemicals delivered a solid performance in the quarter although results were slightly below the last year’s level, as Q3 2010 included more revenue from secondary use of salt caverns. Sales volumes for chlorine in Q3 were slightly below last year, driven by the maintenance stop of a key account in the Rotterdam-Botlek cluster along with lower capacity due to maintenance in the Rotterdam electrolyses plant. Demand for salt, chloromethanes and dimethyl ether improved compared to previous year. The Energy business remains under pressure as the spreads are low due to overcapacity in the Netherlands energy market.

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