15 October 2012 11:31 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Tosoh Corp is currently running its vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) No 1 and No 3 plants in Nanyo at about 90% of capacity, a company official said on Monday.
The 400,000 tonne/year No 3 plant at Nanyo had a turnaround and was restarted on 11 October, as scheduled, the official said.
The 250,000 tonne/year No 1 VCM unit, on the other hand, is due to be shut on 21 October for 40 days of maintenance, the official said.
The company’s 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM unit has been shut since November 2011 following an explosion that damaged the plant.
VCM’s upstream caustic soda facility at Nanyo that has a total production capacity of 1.125m dry metric tonnes (dmt)/year is operating at “a little less than 80%” due to VCM plants’ turnarounds, according to the official.
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