14 March 2008 04:20 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Mitsubishi Chemical Corp (MCC) plans to restart part of its fire-hit cracker in Kashima early next week, a company source said on Friday.
"We have permission to start five of the eight furnaces and it would probably take about two days for the start-up to be complete," the source added.
The local fire department had lifted its suspension order on the five functional furnaces in early March and the company now expected to restore 67% or 320,000 tonnes/year of the plant’s capacity of 476,000 tonnes/year before the fire occurred, he said.
The fire which broke out in the No 2 plant on 21 December claimed 4 lives and damaged 2 out of 8 furnaces in the plant.
Mitsubishi Chemicals will shut down its Kashima 1 and Mizushima crackers as scheduled in April and May.
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