JAPAN DISASTER: Maruzen to restart benzene unit this week

04 April 2011 09:11  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese aromatics producer Maruzen will restart production at its Chiba-based 200,000 tonne/year benzene unit at the end of this week after shutting it down due to the 11 March earthquake, said a company source on Monday.

The unit is expected to start production on Friday or Saturday, following the restart of production at its 520,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Chiba on Monday, the source added.

Maruzen’s hydro-dealkylation (HDA) facility produces 130,000 tonnes/year of benzene at Chiba and is still operating at 50% because of the lack of feedstock toluene and mixed xylenes, he said.

Some of the other key producers in Japan are JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Taiyo Oil.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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