Showa Denko suspends operations at its ethylene plant

28 March 2012 10:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Showa Denko said on Wednesday it will temporarily suspend operations at its ethylene plant at the Oita complex, and has postponed its plans to fully restart its ethylene production line to end May.

The company operates two-line ethylene plant with a total production capacity of about 695,000 tonne/year, Showa Denko said in a statement.

Production at its 200,000 tonne/year ethylene line was stopped on 7 March as the company conducted periodic maintenance of cracking furnaces until 29 March, it said.

“We also stopped production at the other line (495,000 tonne/year) on 15 March to conduct cleaning of cracking furnaces until 21 March,” it added.

On 18 March, problems occurred in its equipment for the cooling process, it said.

“After a series of inspection, we confirmed today that we need to repair the equipment,” it added.

As a result, Showa Denko has postponed plans to fully restart its ethylene production to the end of May from 30 March because of the repair, it added.

Showa Denko earlier shut its Oita etac plant on the shortage of ethylene.

By: Samuel Wong

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