JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsui Chem unlikely to restart TDI unit by May

29 March 2011 11:28  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's Mitsui Chemicals is unlikely to restart its Kashima-based toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) facility before its annual maintenance in May because of slow repairs at its facility and upstream plants, a company source said on Tuesday.

The 120,000 tonne/year TDI plant was slightly damaged in the 11 March earthquake and ongoing repairs are progressing slowly because of power, gas, water and labour shortages, he added.

Its gas and chlorine suppliers, which are located at the same Kashima petrochemical site, were badly damaged and repairs were progressing slowly, the source said.

“Until today, there is no official news as to when these facilities will restart, so our feedstock conditions remained unclear,” he added.

Annual maintenance of the Kashima-based TDI plant is scheduled for 16 May to 21 June, the source added.

Mitsui’s Ohmuta-based 120,000 tonne/year TDI unit is currently operating at full tilt and will be taken off line for an annual shutdown from 12 May to 12 June.

Meawhile, its 60,000 tonne/year methylene di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) facility at the same site is expected to shut from 11 May to 13 June.

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By: Ong Sheau Ling
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