21 August 2008 05:18 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Mitsubishi Chemical intends to restart its 476,000 tonne/year No 2 cracker in Kashima, Japan, after a scheduled maintenance shutdown that began in 6 July, a source from the company said on Thursday.
The cracker is expected to be operational by Friday, and is expected to be gradually ramped up to 80%, he said. It was unable to run the facility at full rates as two of its eight furnaces were still undergoing repairs following a fire in December last year.
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The No 1 cracker in Kashima has a nameplate ethylene capacity of 375,000 tonnes/year while the company’s cracker in Mizushima can produce 450,000 tonnes/year of ethylene.
The Kashima No 2 plant produces an estimated 240,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
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