Japan's Keiyo Monomer to restart VCM plant at Chiba next week

22 December 2011 07:41  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan's Keiyo Monomer plans to restart its 200,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant at Chiba next week following Maruzen Petrochemical’s restart of its cracker, a source from Asahi Glass said on Thursday.

Keiyo Monomer had to shut its VCM facilities because of a lack of feedstock supply soon after Maruzen Petrochemical had taken its cracker off line on 9 December due to a fire, the source said.

Maruzen Petrochemical has restarted its 520,000 tonne/year cracker on Thursday.

“There have also been other [plant] accidents such as Tosoh’s accident [at its VCM facility] in the west [Japan] and overseas. We are feeling there is probably a shortage of VCM,” the source said in Japanese.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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