Japan's Mitsui Chemicals shut Osaka phenol/acetone plant

06 July 2011 11:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its phenol-acetone plant in Osaka prefecture in late July after shutting it down over the weekend for an annual scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Wednesday.

The plant, which can produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 120,000 tonnes/year of acetone, will remain off line until 29 July, the source said. It was shut down on 2 July.

Mitsui Chemicals plans to reduce operating rate to 75% capacity after the Osaka facility resumes operation in late July because of prevailing weak market conditions, the source added.

Mitsui Chemicals also operates two phenol-acetone plants in Chiba prefecture.

One of the plants, which is a joint venture with Idemitsu Kosan, has a nameplate capacity of 230,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 138,000 tonnes/year of acetone. Production will be cut to 90% capacity from 11 July till September, the source said

The other phenol-acetone plant at Chiba, which can produce 190,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 114,000 tonnes/year of acetone, will be running at full rate, the source said.

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