29 March 2011 08:01 [Source: ICIS news]
The shutdown was expected to last until mid May, he said.
He added that the cracker was operating at full capacity prior to the shutdown.
The joint olefins conversion unit (OCU) at the site, in which Idemitsu has a 50% share, would be taken off line as scheduled from 31 March to 11 August.
Mitsui Chemicals and Sumitomo Chemical each have a 25% stake.
The OCU can produce 150,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
Both Idemitsu and Mitsui integrated their operations in October last year to optimise the feedstock selection for their crackers.
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