Japan’s Kashima Chlorine and Alkali plans mid-May turnaround

10 February 2012 09:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Kashima Chlorine and Alkali is planning to shut its 400,000 dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda plant at Kashima in mid-May for a month-long maintenance turnaround, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The firm is not expected to have any spot cargoes available for export in the first half of this year because of the turnaround, the source added.

Supply of caustic soda in Japan has been tightened because of reduced operating rates at Tosoh’s 1.125m dmt/year caustic soda facility in Nanyo, according to market sources.

Kashima Chlorine and Alkali is a subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical.

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By: Feliana Widjaja

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