15 December 2009 03:57 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japanese producer Idemitsu Kosan’s plans to shut its Tokuyama-based benzene, toluene, mixed xylenes (BTX) facility in mid September 2010 for a three week turnaround, a company official said on Tuesday.
The BTX unit located in Tokuyama can produce up to 230,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 130,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 50,000 tonnes/year of xylenes.
“The downstream 210,000 tonnes/year styrene monomer (SM) plant at the same location will be taken offline with the BTX unit, therefore it will not be necessary to buy benzene for SM production,” the official said, explaining that there would be no impact in the benzene supply for the captive usage in SM production.
The current operating rate of the SM plant was similar to that of the BTX facility at 80%, the official added.
Besides the aromatics facilities in Tokuyama, the 350,000 tonnes/year benzene unit in Chiba would not undergo maintenance next year, while the two SM lines at the same site, having a total capacity of 340,000 tonnes/year, were expected to be taken offline in end of March for 30 days.
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