APIC ’10: Japan’s Chisso extends oxos maintenance shutdown

14 May 2010 15:38  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS news)--Japan's Chisso Corp plans to shut its 100,000 tonne/year oxo-alcohols facility in Chiba on 16 May for a scheduled turnaround and mechanical repairs, market sources said on Friday.

The plant was initially due to resume operating in mid-June after a month-long turnaround. However, market players said that the start-up could be delayed for up to six or eight weeks due to several mechanical repairs at the plant.

“If they [Chisso] extend their shutdown by another two or four weeks, this means that other local suppliers like Mitsubishi Chem and Kyowa Hakko would have less exports in June and July. They [Mitsubishi Chem and Kyowa Hakko] need to supply to their domestic market. There will be less spot cargoes in Asia,” a regional trader said.

The oxo-alcohols facility produces 75,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) and 25,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol (NBA). Chisso Corp mainly supplies to the domestic market and has minimal spot cargoes for export.

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By: Su Yeen Cheong
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