Showa Shell to shut down Yokkaichi reformer in 2011

29 October 2010 12:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Showa Shell Sekiyu plans to shut down the naphtha reformer at its 210,000 bbl/day refinery at Yokkaichi in June 2011 for around 30 days, an industry source said on Friday.

The 38,000 bbl/day continuous catalytic reformer (CCR) is the only major shutdown scheduled at the refinery in 2011.

The next major shutdown is set for 2013, when the 135,000 bbl/day crude distillation unit (CDU) No 3, the 75,000 bbl/day vacuum distillation unit (VDU) No 3, the 61,000 bbl/day residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) and the CCR unit will all be shut for scheduled maintenance.

Meanwhile, the ongoing shutdowns at the Yokkaichi refinery of the 75,000 bbl/day CDU No 2, the 30,000 bbl/day VDU No 2 and the gasoil hydrodesulphurisation unit, which started on 1 October, are set to end on 16 November, the source said.

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By: James Dennis
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