19 February 2013 10:35 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals has been running its toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant at Omuta in Fukuoka prefecture at near full capacity since late last week, a company official said on Tuesday.
Production at the 120,000 tonne/year TDI unit was ramped up after running at low rates for two to three weeks because of mechanical issues, the official said without elaborating.
The company’s 60,000 tonne/year methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) facility at the same site, on the other hand, has been operating normally, the official said but declined to provide the actual run rates at the unit.
Mitsui Chemicals still intends to shut all its polyurethane (PU) facilities, including a 120,000 tonne/year TDI unit at Kashima in Ibaraki prefecture, for annual maintenance from May to June, the official said.
Specific dates for the turnaround, however, have yet to be fixed, the official said.
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