Sumitomo shuts PO plant on 26 March to fix mechanical issues

30 March 2012 12:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical’s 200,000 tonne/year propylene oxide/cumene (PO/cumene) plant shut down on 26 March because of a mechanical issue, market sources said on Friday.

However, the problem was judged to be minor and the facility is expected to be up and running around 2 or 3 April, said sources familiar with the matter.

The unit, at Sumitomo’s Chiba Works on Tokyo Bay, which produces PO from oxidation of cumene without significant production of other products, was originally scheduled for an annual maintenance around mid-May.

It is not yet known if the company will continue with its annual shutdown plans as company officials were not available for comments.


By: Chan Jingyi
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