Japan’s Tosoh runs Nanyo caustic soda facility at 80%

17 July 2012 11:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Tosoh Corp is currently operating its 1.125m dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda plant at Nanyo at 80% of capacity as its No 3 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant at the site was restarted, a company source said on Tuesday.

The producer resumed on-spec production at the 400,000 tonne/year No 3 VCM plant in Nanyo on 8 July after nearly eight months of shutdown. Its 250,000 tonne/year No 1 VCM plant at the site was restarted on 8 May.

The No 1 and No 3 VCM plants are currently operating at more than 90% of capacity, according to the source.

Chlorine, a by-product of caustic soda, goes into the production of ethylene dichloride (EDC), which subsequently is the feedstock for VCM.

Tosoh is unable to ramp up its caustic soda run rate in Nanyo to 100% as its 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM plant remains off line.

The producer is focusing on supplies to the domestic market and has no spare material for exports for the time being, the source said.

By: Feliana Widjaja

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