04 June 2008 11:41 [Source: ICIS news]
“So far, the maintenance is going on as per planned,” the source added.
The 520,000 tonne/year cracker was shut down on 15 May for maintenance.
On the same day that Maruzen shut its cracker, Mitsubishi Chemical also shut its 450,000 tonne/year cracker in Mizushima for a turnaround.
In the month of May, a total of three cracker operators shut down their crackers for maintenance turnarounds, marking the heavy turnaround period for Japanese crackers.
Naphtha import figures for April had dropped by 20% due to lower demands caused by the number of turnarounds.
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