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Many Plants Remain Offstream in Japan Following Earthquake

10:30 AM MDT | March 28, 2011 | —IAN YOUNG and DEEPTI RAMESH

Chemical production at sites across eastern Japan remains severely disrupted following the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast of the country on March 11. Producers are trying to restart operations where possible and certain plants are resuming operations gradually, despite widespread power cuts. Other plants, including some key manufacturing complexes, will be offline for a longer period. Four naphtha crackers, accounting for about 23% of Japan’s ethylene capacity, remained offstream at CW press time. They include Mitsubishi Chemical’s...

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