Maruzen restarts benzene production in Chiba after shutdown

24 June 2010 05:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japanese aromatics maker Maruzen Petrochemical has restarted benzene production at its Chiba-based hydro-alkylation (HDA) unit and a reformer after scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.

The units - taken off line in early May - were started-up on Wednesday and were running normally at present, he said. The company had not decided about their operating rates for June and July, the source added.

The HDA unit and the reformer each have the capacity to produce about 200,000 tonnes/year of benzene.

Some of the other key benzene producers in Japan are Nippon Oil and Idemitsu Kosan.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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