Japan’s Tosoh delays restart of Nanyo No 1 VCM line to May

04 April 2012 13:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Tosoh Corp has delayed until May the planned restart of its 250,000 tonne/year No 1 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) line at Nanyo, a company source said on Wednesday.

The producer had initially planned to restart the No 1 line in April after its three VCM lines, with a total capacity of 1.2m tonne/year, were taken offline following an explosion at the site on 13 November 2011.

Tosoh has submitted the restart plan for the No 1 VCM line to the local government and estimates that approval may be obtained by the end of April.

The company aims to restart its 400,000 tonne/year No 3 VCM line at the same site in June.

Tosoh is still mulling over a decision to reconstruct its 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM line, which was severely damaged by the explosion, according to the company source.

It may take up to two years before the No 2 line can come back on stream, the source added.

By: Feliana Widjaja

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