JAPAN DISASTER: Maruzen keeps one Chiba-based benzene unit shut

24 March 2011 04:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese producer Maruzen is keeping its Chiba-based 200,000 tonne/year benzene plant completely shut while running its 130,000 tonne/year hydrodealkylation (HDA) plant at 50% following the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, a company source said on Thursday.

The company was forced to run the HDA plant, which is also in Chiba, at half capacity because it was unable to secure feedstock toluene and mixed xylenes in sufficient quantities, the source added.

The source said he was not sure when the 200,000 tonne/year benzene plant will be restarted.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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