Japan’s Tosoh Corp shuts Nanyo No 2 VCM line after explosion

14 November 2011 10:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Tosoh Corp shut the largest of its three vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) lines at Nanyo in Yamaguchi prefecture after an explosion at the facility, a company source said on Monday.

The 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM line was taken off line on 13 November and the cause of the explosion is still being investigated, he said.

The other two lines at the site are running normally, he added.

Tosoh Corp also operates a 250,000 tonne/year No 1 VCM line and a 400,000 tonne/year No 3 VCM line.

Some market sources said the producer had to reject some domestic ethylene supplies because of the outage at the derivative line, but further details were not available.

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