APIC ’11: Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical to restart BPA plant

27 May 2011 09:41  [Source: ICIS news]

FUKUOKA, Japan (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) plans to restart its 120,000 tonne/year bisphenol A (BPA) plant at Kurosaki at the end of June, a company source said on Friday.

The company had originally scheduled a turnaround of the plant for one month in early June.

However, the company shut down the plant in the middle of May instead because of a shortage of feedstock phenol, said the source.

The source was speaking at the sidelines of the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC), which is being held at Fukuoka in Japan on 26-27 May.

The company will restart the plant at the end of June, the source said.

MCHC operates a 100,000 tonne/year BPA plant at Kashima. The BPA unit and an upstream phenol/acetone plant at the same site were taken off line after the earthquake and tsunami which hit northeastern Japan on 11 March.

The phenol/acetone plant can produce 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 150,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

The company plans to restart the Kashima-based BPA and phenol/acetone plants at the end of June, the source said.

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By: Liu Xin
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