29 November 2011 09:41 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Tosoh Corp has restarted its polyethylene (PE), chloroprene rubber and chlorosulfonated PE plants at Nanyo following an explosion at its 550,000 tonne/year No. 2 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) line at the same site, a company source said on Tuesday.
The 80,000 tonne/year PE unit was restarted on 25 November, while production at the company’s 34,000 tonne/year chloroprene rubber and the 8,500 tonne/year chlorosulfonated PE facilities was resumed on 22 November, according to the source.
Tosoh Corp is gradually ramping up the operating rates at the units, said the source, who declined to reveal the current capacities.
The plants were taken off line following the explosion at one of Tosoh Corp’s three VCM facilities on 14 November, the source said. The producer operates a 250,000 tonne/year No 1 VCM line and a 400,000 tonne/year No 3 VCM line at the site.
The producer’s three VCM lines, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), carbon dioxide, aniline, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and silica glass units at the same site remain shut.
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