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Mitsubishi Chemical Announces Plan to Restart Kashima Crackers

8:28 AM MDT | April 8, 2011 | Deepti Ramesh

Mitsubishi Chemical says that one of the two steam crackers at the company’s manufacturing complex at Kashima, Japan will restart by May 20, 2011. The complex's other cracker is expected to restart by June 27, 2011. The Kashima site, including onsite power-generation facilities, were shut following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11.  The Kashima complex is in Ibaraki prefecture, to the east of Tokyo. The Kashima crackers have combined capacity for about 830,000 m.t./year of ethylene. Japan’s total...

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