27 October 2010 10:42 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy has been unable to restart its 85,000 tonne/year isopropanol (IPA) unit in Kawasaki due to a mechanical problem, market sources said on Wednesday.
The unit was taken off line from 19 October to 25 October for a regular turnaround but the plant failed to restart on 26 October, they said.
“It is because of a mechanical trouble. The repair works will take place for 8 to 10 days,” a market player said. “On the postponement, discussions with the buyers are underway.”
As a result of the shutdown, the company would delay the loadings of 2,000 tonnes of southeast Asia-bound IPA in the first half of November, the sources said.
IPA is used mainly as a solvent in applications such as cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, inks and coatings.
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