09 October 2007 10:43 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japanese aromatics major, Japan Energy plans to shut down its benzene and paraxylene (PX) lines at one of its three plants in the second-quarter of 2008, a company source said on Tuesday.
The Chita-based lines would be shut down tentatively in May-June period for about 45-50 days.
The exact dates of the turnaround were not fixed yet, the source added.
The plant produces 200,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 400,000 tonnes/year of PX.
The benzene produced is for captive use at the company’s 220,000 tonnes/year cyclohexane plant, he said.
The company also has a hydro dealkylation (HDA) unit at Mizushima which would not be shut down in 2008, the source added.
The plant produces about 100,000 tonnes/year of benzene.
A third plant at Kashima produces 150,000 tonnes/year of PX, and about 250,000 tonnes/year of mixed xylene.
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