Japan ethylene production drops 4.9% in August

10 September 2008 11:17  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s production of ethylene decreased 4.9% to 606,200 tonnes in August year on year primarily because of the loss of production due to turnarounds of crackers, an official from a local ministry said on Wednesday.

However, August ethylene production increased 1.3% from 598,300 tonnes in July, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) official said.

Operating rates of the crackers were also slightly down, he added.

Two crackers were shut for turnarounds in August 2008 and 2007, while three plants were undergoing turnarounds in July 2008, according to METI.

Major Japanese ethylene producers including Mitsubishi Chemical Co (MCC), Sumitomo Chemical and Sanyo Petrochemicals have reduced operating rates at their crackers in the past months.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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