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Japan Earthquake Disrupts Production Across a Range of Sectors

5:13 PM MDT | March 20, 2011 | Ian Young

The earthquake and tsunami have disrupted production across many chemical sectors in Japan. Four naphtha crackers were offstream at CW press time: Mitsubishi Chemical’s two crackers at Kashima, Maruzen Petrochemical’s cracker at Chiba, and JX Nippon Oil & Energy’s cracker at Kawasaki. They have combined capacity for about 1.8 million m.t./year of ethylene, about 23% of Japan’s total. Several other firms such as Idemitsu Kosan and Keiyo Ethylene at Chiba, and Tonen Chemical at Kawasaki, are operating crackers at minimum-load levels of...

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