JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsui Chem restarts Chiba phenol-acetone plant

18 March 2011 04:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals restarted its phenol-acetone plant in Chiba on 17 March, a company source said on Friday.

The unit was taken off line in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast on 11 March.

The plant is a joint venture between Mitsui and Idemitsu Kosan, with a 230,000 tonne/year capacity for phenol and can produce 138,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

Mitsui Chemicals is ramping up production at this unit, the source said.

The company runs another phenol-acetone plant in Chiba. The unit, which can produce 190,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 114,000 tonnes/year of acetone, has been running at full capacity after the earthquake, the source added.

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By: Liu Xin
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