Japan’s Sumitomo runs Chiba cracker at 70% post-quake

14 March 2011 03:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese producer Sumitomo Chemical is running its 415,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Chiba at a reduced rate of 70% since a 9-magnitude quake struck Japan’s northeast coast last week, a company source said on Monday.

The source could not say how long this would continue and declined to provide further details.

Another company source said Sumitomo Chemical’s derivative polypropylene (PP) plants – with a combined capacity of 380,000 tonnes/year capacity – at the same site were still running but the plants are under safety review, and will be shut down if necessary.

Additional reporting by Chow Bee Lin

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