21 August 2013 09:32 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Nippon Polyurethane (NPU) is planning to shut its methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture on 5 September for a planned annual maintenance, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
The turnaround is expected to last until 15 October, they said.
The MDI unit, which has a nameplate capacity of 200,000 tonnes/year, is located at the firm’s Nanyo Complex in Shunan City.
Meanwhile, the company’s 70,000 tonne/year and 130,000 tonne/year MDI units at the same site will operate normally during the turnaround period.
Both MDI lines are currently operating at more than 90% of capacity in order to build sufficient inventory ahead of the maintenance of the company’s largest facility.
The company also has a smaller 25,000 tonne/year TDI facility at the same site which will also be operating as usual.
Additional reporting from Belinda Salim
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