25 April 2011 02:00 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--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 Friday, 22 April.?xml:namespace>
JAPAN DISASTER: AGC restarts caustic soda unit in Kashima
Japan’s Asahi Glass Co (AGC) has restarted its 350,000 dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda plant at Kashima in Ibaraki prefecture, a company source said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Kureha to restart caustic soda unit
Japan’s Kureha plans to restart its 100,000 dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda facility at Iwaki in early May, after the plant was damaged during the 11 March earthquake, a company source said on Thursday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsubishi Chem to restart BPA plant end June
Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical plans to restart its 100,000 tonne/year bisphenol-A (BPA) plant at Kashima at the end of June, a company source said on Thursday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Keiyo Monomer’s VCM plant operating at 70%
Keiyo Monomer has not been able to run its 200,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride (monomer) (VCM) facility at Chiba at full rates because of the unstable electricity supply, a company source said on Tuesday. Keiyo had restarted the plant on 13 April.
JAPAN DISASTER: JAPAN DISASTER: Maruzen to restart benzene unit this week
Toyota Motor will restart production at all of its Japan-based assembly facilities on 18-27 April, the auto giant said on Friday.
JX Nippon Oil & Energy has raised the operating rate at its 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in
Japanese aromatics producer Maruzen will restart production at its Chiba-based 200,000 tonne/year benzene unit at the end of this week after shutting it down due to the 11 March earthquake, said a company source on Monday.
JX Nippon Oil & Energy restarted its 85,000 tonne/year isopropanol (IPA) plant in
JAPAN DISASTER: Maruzen to restart benzene unit this week
JAPAN DISASTER: AGC
Taiyo Vinyl has achieved full operating rate at its 100,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in
JAPAN DISASTER: Keiyo Polyethylene to restart Chiba HDPE unit in April
Keiyo Polyethylene is expected to restart its 63,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at
JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsui Chem unlikely to restart TDI unit by May
JAPAN DISASTER: AGC’s Kashima units to stay shut for months
Asahi Glass Co’s (AGC) shutdown at its plants in Kashima, Ibaraki prefecture, is expected to last for at least a few months, sources close to the company said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: JX Nippon delays cracker restart to 31 Mar
JX Nippon Oil & Energy has delayed the restart of its 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Kawasaki to 31 March amid ongoing repairs.
JAPAN DISASTER: Teijin restarts PET films plant in Ibaraki
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Teijin on Friday restarted its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films plant in Ibaraki prefecture Japan after suspending its operations following the devastating earthquake on 11 March.
JAPAN DISASTER: Kuraray keeps Kashima formaldehyde unit shut
Japan's Kuraray is keeping its 25,000 tonne/year formaldehyde unit at Kashima in Ibraraki prefecture off line after it was shut following the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.
Kashima Vinyl Chloride Monomer’s 600,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) facility at
JAPAN DISASTER: Ube-Maruzen to restart PE plants when power is restored
Japan’s Ube-Maruzen Polyethylene will be able to restart its 147,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) and 50,000 tonne/year linear LDPE (LLDPE) plants at Chiba as soon as power supply to the facilities are restored.
JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsubishi Chem Kashima crackers to stay shut
Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical will take at least two months to resume operations at its two crackers in Kashima after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on 11 March damaged some infrastructure.
JAPAN DISASTER: Maruzen keeps one Chiba-based benzene unit shut
Japanese producer Maruzen is keeping a Chiba-based 200,000 tonney/year benzene plant completely shut while running its 130,000 tonne/year hydrodealkylation (HDA) plant at 50% following the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.
JAPAN DISASTER: Sun Allomer plans to restart PP lines by March/April
Japan’s Sun Allomer plans to restart its two polypropylene (PP) lines at Kawasaki by the end of March or early April as it expects power supply to the plants to be restored by then.
JAPAN DISASTER: Idemitsu to shut benzene unit for turnaround
Japanese aromatics producer Idemitsu Kosan will take its 327,000 tonne/year benzene unit in Chiba off line for scheduled maintenance on 27 March.
JAPAN DISASTER: Nippon Kasei keeps CHDMMA unit shut
Japan's Nippon Kasei was keeping its cyclohexanol dimethanol monoacrylate (CHDMMA) unit in Onahama, Fukushima prefecture, off line after it was shut following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.
JAPAN DISASTER: JX Nippon Oil to restart Kawasaki benzene unit
Japanese benzene major, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp, is expected to restart production at its Kawasaki-based steam cracker and 110,000 tonne/year benzene unit this week, following its shutdown after the 11 March earthquake.
JAPAN DISASTER: Nippon Nyukazai keeps glycol ethers Kashima unit shut
Japanese glycol ethers producer, Nippon Nyukazai, was keeping its Kashima-based plant off line after it was shut following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.
JAPAN DISASTER: JX Nippon on track to restart
JX Nippon Oil & Energy is on track to restart its 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in
JAPAN DISASTER: Denka to raise op rates at SM unit
Honda has extended its production suspension in
JAPAN DISASTER: Shutdowns cause sulphur, sulphuric acid shortages
Disruptions at oil refineries and smelters in Japan are threatening supplies of sulphur and sulphuric acid, pressuring prices for these products, market sources said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Japan supply disruptions hit Asia petrochemicals
Asian petrochemicals are feeling the effects of Japanese production losses on Friday, a week after the massive earthquake and tsunami caused widespread devastation.
JAPAN DISASTER: JX Nippon, Cosmo Oil raise refinery operating rates
Japanese refiners JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Cosmo Oil have raised production at their refineries in western Japan by a combined total of around 110,000 bbl/day in order to alleviate oil product supply shortages resulting from the recent earthquake, officials said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Kyowa Hakko Chemicals keeps its INA plant shut
Japan’s Kyowa Hakko Chemical is keeping its 90,000 tonne/year Chiba-based isononanol (INA) plant shut due to safety reasons, a company source said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Chisso Corp shuts oxo-alcohols plant in Chiba
Japan’s Chisso Corp has shut its 100,00 tonne/year oxo-alcohols plant in Chiba following the massive earthquake that hit the country’s northeast coast on 11 March, market sources said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Nippon Shokubai runs MA unit at normal rates
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.
JAPAN DISASTER: JX Nippon Oil eyes Kawasaki cracker restart in March
JX Nippon Oil and Energy plans to restart its 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Kawasaki this month if all goes well, a company source said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: China to cut PTA output on tight PX supply
China’s production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) will fall in April due to heavy turnarounds at plants, with some producers even bringing forward the maintenance schedule, due to limited availability of feedstock paraxylene (PX), industry sources said on Friday.
JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsui Chem restarts Chiba phenol-acetone plant
Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals restarted its phenol-acetone plant in Chiba on 17 March, a company source said on Friday.
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.
Staff from several petrochemical-related firms have been told to vacate their offices on fears of a possible large-scale blackout in Tokyo and its surrounding areas on Thursday night, company sources told ICIS.
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.
Corrected: JAPAN DISASTER: Polyolefins capacity down
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
JAPAN DISASTER: Wacker to restart silicones plant over weekend
Wacker Chemie expects to restart its silicones compounding facility outside of
Japanese synthetic rubber producer, JSR Corp, has stopped production at its Kashima plant while continuing normal operations at its
JAPAN DISASTER: Mitsui Chemicals running urea, melamine units
Japanese producer Mitsui Chemicals’ urea and melamine plants at Takaishi in
Asahi Kasei’s acrylonitrile (ACN) plants 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.
Nippon Nyukazai halts output at butyl glycol plant after quake
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 Mitsui Chem's TDI unit in Kashima remains shut after quake
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
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.
Sakai Chemical’s TiO2 plant damaged in quake, remains shut
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’s 100,000 tonne/year PVC plant at
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 Kashima benzene, cumene plants still down
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.
Nippon Seiro's petroleum wax unit not affected by quake
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.
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
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