08 October 2009 05:06 [Source: ICIS news]
By Gabriela Wheeler
YOKOHAMA (ICIS news)--A powerful typhoon struck Japan on Thursday, halting tranportation, closing production plants and disrupting shipments from refineries.
Typhoon Melor made landfall in the central and eastern parts of the country at about 5:45am local time, bringing with it heavy rains and sustained winds of around 100 miles/hour (mph) (155 km/h), according to a BBC weather report.
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Sources said several car factories were closed and some refinery shipments were delayed because of the typhoon.
Meawnwhile, operations of chemical plants located west of the main island of Honshu have not been affected by the typhoon, sources said.
Nippon Shokubai’s 35,000 tonnes/year maleic anhydride plant in
“Traffic is in chaos now but the typhoon is moving up north away from our production bases so there has been minimal impact on our operations,” said a company official at Showa Denko's ethyl acetate operations at Shin-Nanyo in the Yamaguchi prefecture.
Showa Denko has a 150,000 mt/yr ethyl acetate plant at the site.Typhoon Melor is the 18th typhoon of the season and the first to make a direct hit on the country since September 2007.
With additional reporting from Helen Lee
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