Nippon Shokubai wins approval to restart some Himeji facilities

07 March 2013 11:18  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Nippon Shokubai on Thursday received government approval to restart 15 facilities at its Himeji plant in Japan following an explosion last year, the company said.

These facilities include outdoor tanks and storage facilities, Nippon Shokubai said in a statement.

Manufacturing units at the same site, including fumaric acid, succinic acid and disodium succinate (SS50), also resumed production sometime between 18 January - when Nippon Shokubai released the last report on the matter - and 7 March, the company said.

However, a company spokesman declined to disclose the exact dates the units were restarted.

Nippon Shokubai’s 460,000 tonne/year acrylic acid (AA) and 320,000 tonne/year super absorbent polymer (SAP) facilities at Himeji were shut following an explosion at the plant in September 2012 and still remain off line, the spokesman said.

The company could not predict when it may receive government approval to restart these units, he added.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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