Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals restarts 30,000 tonne/year MIBK plant

30 July 2012 07:57  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals has restarted its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture, a company official said on Monday.

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

The company official did not give a specific date for the plant’s restart. However, Mitsui Chemicals said on its website on 26 July that routine operations in the Ohtake area, including those at the MIBK plant, had resumed.

“Operations have resumed at most plants following confirmation of safety and conditions and with approval from authorities,” the company said in the statement.

Mitsui Chemicals is the largest of three MIBK producers in Japan.

The other two producers are Mitsubishi Chemical, which has a nameplate capacity of 20,000 tonnes/year, and KH Neochem, which can produce 15,000 tonnes of MIBK annually.

By: Trisha Huang

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