17 February 2012 09:26 [Source: ICIS news]
NAGOYA (ICIS)--Pan Pacific Copper (PPC) restarted its copper smelter and sulphuric acid plant in Saganoseki, southern ?xml:namespace>
The smelter and sulphuric acid unit, which produces close to 1.5m tonnes/year of sulphuric acid and was shut down unexpectedly on 7 January, restarted on 13 February – a day ahead of the scheduled restart date, source said.
Suppliers are concerned that the restart of the smelter would contribute to an oversupply situation in
Most sulphuric acid facilities are currently running at full rates, while demand, both on the domestic and export fronts, has weakened, sources said.
The PPC outage had helped balance the sulphuric acid supply-demand ratio in
An affiliated smelter in South Korea, LS Nikko Copper Inc, also exported approximately 35,000 tonnes on behalf of PPC to
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