Japan's February ethylene production down 11.5% from January

08 March 2010 10:18  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s ethylene production in February decreased 11.5% from the previous month to 593,200 tonnes due to a cracker turnaround, a local ministry official said on Monday.

"Sanyo Petrochemicals, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, has shut its naphtha cracker for a turnaround in February, and it lowered overall operating rate," the official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

The cracker was expected to restart in or after late April, the official said.

No crackers were shut for turnarounds in January, according to the METI.

Meanwhile, Japan’s ethylene production in February increased 27.6% year on year, the official said.

Ethylene producers had lowered the operating rates of their crackers in February 2009, while overall operating rate in February 2010 was high at 97%, the official added.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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