01 October 2012 07:46 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Nippon Shokubai’s acrylic acid and super absorbent polymer (SAP) facilities at ?xml:namespace>
The resulting fire at the site raged on for more than 24 hours until it was extinguished on Sunday afternoon.
A total of 35 people, including fire-fighters, police officers and Nippon Shokubai workers, were injured from incident, according to local media reports, but no official data was released.
At 13:00 hours local time (04:00 hours GMT) on 29 September, plumes of smoke were detected to be coming from a temporary storage tank for acrylic acid and toluene at the plant site. This led up to the blast at 14:40 hours on Saturday, Nippon Shokubai said in a statement.
Nippon Shokubai was ordered to suspend all operations at all its facilities at
No definite date was set on when the plants can restart as the explosion and its attendant fire on 29 September had damaged some other storage tanks at the site, the spokesperson said.
A Nippon Shokubai executive was quoted as saying in a 30 September press conference that the company would raise operating rates at its overseas acrylic acid and SAP plants during the shutdown of the
Prior to the explosion at the
Nippon Shokubai’s plants overseas have the ability, at times, to run at more than 100% of capacity, he said.
Nippon Shokubai has a total acrylic acid capacity of 620,000 tonnes/year, with facilities in
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