Japan's ethylene production down 13.5% month-on-month

09 April 2010 11:22  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s production of ethylene decreased by 13.5% to 513,400 tonnes in March compared with the previous month because three naphtha crackers were shut for maintenance, a government official said on Friday.

Turnarounds were taking place at Sanyo Petrochemicals’ cracker at Mizushima, Okayama prefecture, Tosoh’s cracker at Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture, and Showa Denko’s cracker at Oita, Oita prefecture, the official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

The three crackers were scheduled to be restarted around middle to late April, he added.

Japan’s ethylene production in March showed a 1.7% increase year-on-year, according to the METI.

Although three crackers were shut, operating rates of the rest of the crackers were higher compared with the same period a year earlier, the official said.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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