09 July 2012 06:39 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Tosoh Corp restarted its 400,000 tonne/year No 3 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) facility at Nanyo on 8 July, after nearly eight months of shutdown, a company official said on Monday.
“We are gradually ramping up the operating rate,” the official said in Japanese, without disclosing the plant’s current run rate.
The No 3 VCM line had been shut since an explosion occurred at an adjacent 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM line on 13 November 2011.
Tosoh had restarted its 250,000 tonne/year No 1 VCM line at the site on 8 May, but the official declined to state its current operating rate.
The company is still mulling the fate of its 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM facility, which was damaged by the blast in November last year, the official said.
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