Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals MDI unit running normally

07 February 2014 00:00 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Mitsui Chemical’s 60,000 tonne/year (methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate) MDI facility in Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture, in southern Japan, is running normally and there is no need to take it off line, a company source said on Friday.

“There was a plan to shut the MDI unit together with the 120,000 tonnes/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), because we thought the technical issue at the TDI plant might impact the MDI unit as well,” the source said.

“However, it turned out it did not, so it [the MDI unit] is now running normally at full capacity.”

The producer had shut down its TDI unit in Omuta on 29 January for two weeks of maintenance.

The company source clarified that the shutdown was because of a technical issue and was not a scheduled turnaround. The unit is expected to resume production by 13 February.

By Fahima Khail