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Indonesia's Asahimas to raise vinyl chloride monomer run rate to 100% next week

Singapore — Asahimas' vinyl chloride monomer plant in Anyer, Indonesia, is likely to reach 100% operating rate after restarting last week, company sources said this week.

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The sources said part of the VCM plant was shut from late-December 2018 to the beginning of January 2019 due to a tsunami warning. During that time, the operating rate of the VCM plant was around 20%-30%.

The VCM plant comprises of three production lines. The No.1 and No.2 lines are currently running at 100% after restart, while the No.3 unit has been running below 100% due to some mechanical issues.

The No.3 unit would likely reach a 100% operating rate early next week, the sources said.

The No.1 line is able to produce 150,000 mt/year VCM, while the No. 2 is capable of producing 250,000 mt/year of VCM, and the No.3's VCM capacity is 400,000 mt/year.

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