Japan’s Showa Denko to shut Oita naphtha cracker in March

01 February 2012 04:34  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Showa Denko KK plans to shut its 690,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Oita in March because of mechanical issues, a company source said on Wednesday.

The cracker is expected to be off line on 15-21 March, the source said, adding that the shutdown is an unplanned one.

The company will carry out furnace repairs in the same month which will keep the cracker’s operating rate at around 50%, instead of 70% as previously estimated, the source said.

The cracker was running at 80% capacity in January, he added.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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