Japan experiences liquid carbon dioxide shortage


According to The Gas Review, the liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO2) and dry ice market in the summer of 2018 is being hit harder than normal by overlapping maintenance schedules, longer periods of scheduled maintenance and a series of plant troubles at raw gas sources.

Although there are variations in degree, it is thought that from April through June 23 of the 33 LCO2 and dry ice production locations across Japan were undergoing scheduled maintenance or having troubles that temporarily stopped production.

The four main producers worked hard to acquire raw materials, but still ended up adjusting shipments in some cases.

Normally, May and June not only bring normal supply demands but see production facilities operating at full capacity to increase stocks in preparation for the peak demand in summer. However, restarting plants that serve as sources of the raw gas material from scheduled maintenance was delayed from around the beginning of May, and also unexpected plant troubles hindered securing sufficient liquefied gas stocks.

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