JAPAN DISASTER: Japan Polyethylene’s PE plants shut at two sites

16 March 2011 04:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan Polyethylene’s polyethylene (PE) plants at Kashima and Kawasaki remain shut in the wake of the 11 March earthquake, a company source said on Wednesday.

The affected facilities consist of a 60,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) plant and 260,000 tonne/year linear LDPE (LLDPE) unit at Kashima, and a 90,000 tonne/year LDPE plant, a 60,000 tonne/year LLDPE unit and two high density PE (HDPE) plants with a combined capacity of 170,000 tonnes/year at Kawasaki, the source said.

The producer does not know when these plants could be restarted, the source added.

The source said they were assessing the plant damage caused by the earthquake, and whether the company would need to buy material from the spot market as a result.

Japan Polyethylene’s PE plants in other parts of Japan are running normally, he said.

Japan Polyethylene’s PE plant operation status

Location

Grade

Capacity

Operation status

Kashima

LDPE

60,000

Shut

Kashima

LLDPE

260,000

Shut

Kawasaki

LDPE

90,000

Shut

Kawasaki

LLDPE

60,000

Shut

Kawasaki

HDPE

120,000

Shut

Kawasaki

HDPE

50,000

Shut

Oita

LDPE

120,000

Operating

Oita

HDPE

200,000

Operating

Mizushima

LDPE

65,000

Operating

Mizushima

HDPE

100,000

Operating

Mizushima

LLDPE

50,000

Operating

For more on PE, PP visit ICIS chemical intelligence


By: Chow Bee Lin
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