A fire broke out after an explosion shortly at a 550,000 tpa vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant at Tosoh Corp's Nanyo complex in Yamaguchi prefecture, as per Reuters. The cause has not been discovered. The company and the fire department have been trying to put out the fire. One worker is reported missing.
At the outbreak of the fire, oil refiner and ethylene producer Idemitsu Kosan Co significantly lowered its pipeline supply of ethylene to Tosoh from its Tokuyama plant. Idemitsu also will reduce output at its 623,000 tpa naphtha cracker at Tokuyama plant but will keep supplying steady volumes to other customers.