Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals seeks government approval for plant restart

02 July 2012 05:00  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals has applied for government approval to restart its plants at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works, a company official said on Monday.

Mitsui Chemicals shut all its units at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture following a blast at its resorcinol facility on 22 April.

It is not clear how long it will be before the government grants permission for the company to restart the plants, the company official said.

Among the plants that were shut were Mitsui Chemicals’ 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant, a 400,000 tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit and a 145,000 tonne/year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant.

By: Trisha Huang

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