13 April 2006 07:55 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Nippon Petrochemical Corp (NPCC) plans to start-up its metathesis unit by the end-May, almost two months after it was shut due to technical problems, a company official said on Thursday.
The unit, which can produce up to 160,000 tonne/year of propylene, was shut on 23 March after a series of teething problems that had plagued it since it was commissioned on 3 March.
“We have to change the catalyst and the start-up will be slightly delayed,” said the source, who did not give any specific dates.
Nippon Petrochemical will be a key Japanese exporter of propylene once the unit is operating smoothly, with almost all of its output slated for export to ?xml:namespace>
The outage has added to the tight supply situation in
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