JAPAN DISASTER: Nippon Shokubai runs MA unit at normal rates

18 March 2011 07:55  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Nippon Shokubai is running its 35,000 tonne/year maleic anhydride (MA) plant at Himeiji in Hyogo prefecture at normal rates following the 11 March earthquake, a company source said on Friday.

The plant, which is operating at 95-100%, was not damaged as it is located away from the quake-affected areas, he added.

There are logistic problems at the Hyogo port because of an overflow of tankers that have been directed away from quake-affected ports, resulting in a delay of deliveries, the source said.

Nippon Shokubai has no plans to export any product and will focus solely on the domestic market until uncertainty in the market subsides, the source added.

The MA plant was expected to shut down for one month of maintenance on 25 March, he added.

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By: Su Yeen Cheong
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