17 March 2011 22:59 [Source: ICIS news]
Numerous petrochemical plants and facilities in Japan are either shut or running at low rates following the deadly earthquake and devastating tsunami of 11 March.
Here is the latest status of some of the crackers and petrochemical plants as of Thursday.
?xml:namespace> Corrected: JAPAN DISASTER: Polyolefins capacity down JAPAN DISASTER: Wacker to restart silicones plant over weekend JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsui Chemicals running urea, melamine units Nippon Nyukazai halts output at butyl glycol plant after quake Japan Mitsui Chem's TDI unit in Kashima remains shut after quake Cosmo Oil’s 220,000 bbl/day Sakai Chemical’s TiO2 plant damaged in quake, remains shut Taiyo Vinyl’s 100,000 tonne/year PVC plant at Mitsubishi Chemical’s Kashima benzene, cumene plants still down Nippon Seiro's petroleum wax unit not affected by quake
Cabot's carbon black and tantalum plants in Japan incurred only minor damage, and all of its employees are safe, but problems with transportation and infrastructure could disrupt operations, the company said on Thursday.
Japan’s Shin Dai-Ichi Vinyl Corp’s 80,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Chiba, Japan, remains off line after it was shut down following the destructive earthquake on 11 March, sources close to the company said on Thursday.
Japan’s polyolefins industry has incurred significant production losses in linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), as a number of plants remain shut in the wake of the 11 March earthquake, industry sources said.
Japan's Nippon Polyurethane (NPU) is running its methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) facility at Nanyo in Yamagata prefecture at full rate, unaffected by the 11 March earthquake, a company source said on Thursday.
Olefins shipments from Japan this month have been cancelled as some naphtha crackers in the country remain shut about a week after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the northern part of the country, market sources said on Thursday.#
Kyokuto Petroleum Industries (KPI) has restarted its 175,000 bbl/day
Japanese producer Mitsui Chemicals has increased the operating rate at its 617,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Chiba to close to 100% after reducing output due to 11 March earthquake and tsunami, a company source said on Thursday.
Tosoh Corp’s polyethylene plants at Yamaguchi and
A Mexichem plant in
Wacker Chemie expects to restart its silicones compounding facility outside of
Japanese producer Mitsui Chemicals’ urea and melamine plants at Takaishi in
Japan Polyethylene’s polyethylene (PE) plants at Kashima and
Japan Polypropylene’s polypropylene (PP) plants at
US-based producers Dow Chemical and DuPont have shut down two facilities in Japan, although their other plants are still operating, the companies said on Tuesday.
BASF has curbed production at some of its sites in Japan and closed down others following last week’s earthquake and tsunami, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Japan’s Nippon Nyukazai has halted production at its recently started 30,000 tonne/year butyl glycol ether (BGE) plant in Kashima, Ibaraki prefecture, following the massive earthquake on 11 March, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.
Japan’s Asahi Glass Co (AGC) has shut its propylene oxide (PO), monopropylene glycol (MPG) and polyether polyols plants in Kashima after the 11 March earthquake, sources close to the company said.
Japan's Mitsui Chemicals has kept its 120,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) facility in Kashima shut following the massive earthquake that hit the country’s northeast on 11 March, a company source said on Tuesday.
Japan-based Toray Industries’ 100,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line in Tokai, Oichi prefecture might face a reduction in operating rates due to a lack of feedstock cyclohexane (CX) in the wake of the major earthquake that hit the country last week, sources close to the company said on Tuesday.
Cosmo Oil's 220,000 bbl/day refinery in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture, remained in flames on Tuesday afternoon, four days after Japan’s massive quake, a company source said.
Japan’s Sakai Chemical Industry has kept its 60,000 tonne/year titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant at Iwaki in Fukushima prefecture shut after it was damaged in the devastating earthquake on 11 March, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.
Sumitomo Chemical has been running its 150,000 tonne/year benzene plant at Chiba at 85-90% capacity since 11 March when pygas supply from its upstream cracker was reduced, a company source said on Tuesday.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical is keeping its 120,000 tonne/year bisphenol-A (BPA) plant at Kurosaki running despite an 9.0-magnitude quake that hit Japan on 11 March, a company source said on Tuesday.
Taiyo Vinyl Corp's 100,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Chiba in Japan remains off line after it was shut down following the massive earthquake on 11 March, a company source said on Tuesday.
Mitsubishi Chemical's 420,000 tonne/year benzene plant and downstream 300,000 tonne/year cumene unit at Kashima in Japan have been shut since 11 March when the massive earthquake struck.
Japan's Nippon Seiro is running its 90,000 tonne/year petroleum wax unit at Tokuyama in Yamaguchi province at normal rates, unscathed from the earthquake as the plant is located far from the epicentre.
Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical is running its 5,000 tonne/year adipic acid (ADA) plant in Ehime prefecture normally as it was unaffected by earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese refiner Tonen General Sekiyu is in the process of resuming full operations at its Kawasaki refinery days after the earthquake Japan’s JX Nippon Oil shuts Negishi base oils facility after quake
Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy has taken off line its 220,000 tonne/year Group I base oils facility in Negishi, Kanagawa prefecture, following the shutdown at its refinery complex.
Corrected: JAPAN DISASTER: Polyolefins capacity down
JAPAN DISASTER: Wacker to restart silicones plant over weekend
JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsui Chemicals running urea, melamine units
Nippon Nyukazai halts output at butyl glycol plant after quake
Japan Mitsui Chem's TDI unit in Kashima remains shut after quake
Cosmo Oil’s 220,000 bbl/day
Sakai Chemical’s TiO2 plant damaged in quake, remains shut
Taiyo Vinyl’s 100,000 tonne/year PVC plant at
Mitsubishi Chemical’s Kashima benzene, cumene plants still down
Nippon Seiro's petroleum wax unit not affected by quake
Japan Polypropylene’s two PP plants remain shut after earthquake
Japan Polypropylene’s two polypropylene (PP) plants are still shut after a deadly earthquake and massive tsunami that ravaged the northeastern region of the country on 11 March.
Japanese producer Sumitomo Chemical is running its 415,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in
Asia’s largest adipic acid (
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