Japan’s Nippon Shokubai gets approval to restart one AA line

03 June 2013 08:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Nippon Shokubai has obtained government approval to restart a 160,000 tonne/year line acrylic acid (AA) line at its Himeji facility, a company source said on Monday.

The company will also restart part of its 320,000 tonne/year superabsorbent polymer (SAP), the source said but did not give specific dates.

Nippon Shokubai’s acrylic acid and super absorbent polymer (SAP) facilities at Himeji was shut by an explosion since late September. The blast occurred at a temporary storage tank for acrylic acid and toluene at the plant site.

However, the 160,000 tonnes/year AA line was not part of the facilities damaged in the explosion, the source explained. The company's total AA capacity at the site is 460,000 tonnes/year.

“We will not be able to restart or run the SAP plant fully as we have only restarted part of the upstream feedstock AA plant,” the source added.

Government restrictions on 13 facilities of the company were lifted  after public safety requirements were met. These include a production facility, common facilities and outdoor tanks.


By: Samuel Wong



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