Japan's Idemitsu shuts Hokkaido CDU on leakage

17 November 2010 09:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese refiner Idemitsu Kosan shut down the sole crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 140,000 bbl/day Hokkaido refinery on Sunday following a leakage, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The CDU was expected to come back on line by 20-21 November, the source added.

The other secondary units at the refinery, which include a 24,000 bbl/day vacuum distillation unit, a 16,500 bbl/day hydrocracker, a 33,000 bbl/day residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) and an 18,000 bbl/day naphtha reformer were operating normally, the source said.

Meanwhile, the units at Idemitsu's 160,000 bbl/day refinery in Aichi that were taken off line on 22 October due to poor economics, were being gradually restarted, the source said.

A 20,000 bbl/day naphtha reformer in Aichi came back on line on Tuesday, with the whole refinery expected to be back on stream by 20 November, the source said.

Idemitsu operates four refineries in Japan, which have a combined capacity of 640,000 bbls/day.

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