28 August 2006 11:21 [Source: ICIS news]
The unit, which produces 250,000 tonnes/year of benzene, was shut in late 1999 due to a lack of benzene demand, ICIS news had previously reported.
Idemitsu Kosan, Mitsui Chemicals and Sumitomo Chemical have agreed that Idemitsu Kosan will restart the unit. Mitsui Chemicals and Sumitomo Chemical will each offtake 125,000 tonnes/year of benzene, and Idemitsu Kosan will take the toluene for gasoline blending, the spokeswoman said.
She said that the total investment cost was Yen8bn, and the reformer would use 400,000 tonnes/year of light naphtha.
Idemitsu Kosan currently operates another benzene unit in
The Tokuyama plant also has a naphtha cracker with a capacity of 623,000 tonnes/year, and it would have a turnaround from 10 to 24 September, she said.
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