Japan’s Nippon Shokubai’s acrylic acid, SAP units await govt nod

18 January 2013 08:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's Nippon Shokubai is still awaiting approval from the government to restart its acrylic acid and super absorbent polymer (SAP) facilities in Himeji, a company spokesman said on Friday.

The units ordered shut by the government because of an explosion end-September last year included a 460,000 tonne/year acrylic acid plant and a 320,000 tonne/year unit for SAP.

“We are still awaiting approval from the authorities, as we want to restart it as soon as possible,” the company’s spokesperson said.

According to a statement released by the company on 17 January, the company has received lifting of restrictions for a total of 14 more facilities that include a synthesis facility for research and development purpose, common facilities, warehouses, tanks and some other areas, as public safety at the site was found sufficient.

The lifting of restriction by the authorities includes the maleic anhydride (MA) facility and maleimide co-polymer unit, the statement said.

The government is expected to give the approval for the acrylic acid and SAP plant by the end of the month, according to several market participants.

“I think the acrylic acid and SAP units will only be able to be restarted in March if the approval pulls through by the end of this month,” said a southeast Asia-based trader.

By: Samuel Wong

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