17 September 2008 10:35 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS news)--Mitsubishi Chemical plans to operate its three crackers at a combined operating rate of 80-85% until year-end, occasionally adjusting the rate based on demand for ethylene derivatives, the Japanese chemical producer said on Wednesday.
The company had increased the operating rate of the two remaining crackers in Kashima and Mizushima,
It had earlier announced its plans to operate its three crackers at a rate of 80-85% due to weak demand of downstream products, and the units were operating at lower rates when the glitch was detected at cracker No 2 on 2 September.
Mitsubishi Chemical also restarted the furnace No 7 of cracker No 2 in Kashima on Wednesday, it said.
The furnace had been shut since a fire at the cracker in December, and it had been undergoing the process of repairs and safety checks.
With the restart of the furnace, the capacity of Kashima No 2 cracker was now 453,000 tonnes/year, 95% of the original capacity of 476,000 tonnes/year before the fire, the company said.
The producer added it was still inspecting the damage of furnace No 8 and did not know when it could be restarted.
Mitsubishi Chemical’s current total capacity of the three crackers is 1.301m tonnes/year.
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