Japan’s Tokuyama Corp to partially shut caustic soda unit on 9 July

05 July 2012 08:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Tokuyama Corp is scheduled to shut one line at its 490,000 dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda plant at Yamaguchi prefecture for a short maintenance turnaround, a company source said on Thursday.

The maintenance will last from 9–12 July, the source said, without disclosing the capacity of the plant’s four lines.  

The producer will have another turnaround period for the caustic soda unit from mid-September to the end of October, according to the source.

Tokuyama’s caustic soda facility is currently running at a reduced rate of around 60–70% because its vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant located at the same site remains offline, the source added.

The producer plans to restart the VCM facility on 26 July. 

Chlorine, a co-product of caustic soda, goes into the production of VCM.

By: Feliana Widjaja

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