07 February 2012 07:22 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s largest refiner, JX Nippon Oil and Energy, has yet to resume operations at one of its two fluid catalytic crackers (FCC) at Mizushima because of ongoing technical issues, a company source said on Tuesday.
The FCC, which can produce around 90,000 tonnes/year of propylene, was restarted in the middle of January following an unplanned shutdown at the end of November 2011 because of mechanical problems. However, the unit had to be taken off line a few days after it was restarted, the source said.
He said it is unclear when operations at the FCC will be resumed. The company bought around 2,000 tonnes of propylene from the domestic market in January to cover its contractual obligations to local customers.
JX Nippon Oil’s other FCC at Mizushima has a propylene nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year. The unit is running smoothly at around 100% capacity, the source added.
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