01 February 2012 07:52 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Mitsubishi Chemical plans to shut its 343,000 tonne/year No 1 naphtha cracker at Kashima for turnaround starting 10 May, a company source said on Wednesday.
The cracker is expected to resume operations at the end of June, the source said.
Mitsubishi Chemical is waiting to hear from the government if its 435,000 tonne/year No 2 naphtha cracker at the same site can skip a planned maintenance this year, the source said.
Separately, no turnaround is planned for the company’s 431,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Mizushima this year. This cracker is slated for maintenance in 2013.
All three crackers were running at 80% of capacity in January and this operating rate is likely to be maintained this month, the company source said.
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