18 November 2010 13:05 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Taiyo Oil has started commercial production at the new secondary units in its 120,000 bbl/day oil refinery on Shikoku island, a source close to the company said on Thursday.
The new 25,000 bbl/day residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC), as well as a 13,000 bbl/day gasoline desulphurisation, a 5,400 bbl/day propylene and a 6,000 bbl/day alkylation unit came on line in early November, the source said.
The propylene unit produces a chemical-grade product, which Taiyo Oil has the flexibility to sell to its affiliate Taiyo Petrochemical or to third parties, the source added.
The producer cancelled its plans to increase the refinery’s capacity by 20,000 bbl/day to 140,000 bbl/day and instead revamped its No 2 crude distillation unit (CDU) from 32,000 bbl/day to 52,000 bbl/day, the source said.
The move by Taiyo Oil not to increase refining capacity comes amid the closure of substantial volume of refining capacity in Japan in 2010.
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