17 August 2011 04:40 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--JX Nippon Oil & Energy is still running one fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) in Mizushima, Japan, at a minimum rate of 50% following a fire at its 400,000 bbl/day refinery last month, a company source said on Wednesday.
The FCC operating rate will only be raised if a vacuum distillation unit at the refinery can start up as planned at the end of August, he said.
Another FCC at the same site is operating normally at close to 100%, he said.
Each FCC can produce around 90,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
Because of the lower propylene output from Mizushima, JX Nippon Oil is unlikely to resume spot propylene exports before the end of October, the source said.
The producer has not been exporting spot propylene cargoes since the 11 March tsunami and earthquake which damaged the company’s refineries and propylene units, including a residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at Sendai.
The RFCC, which can produce 100,000 tonnes/year of propylene, is now expected to resume operations in April 2013, the source added.
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