17 May 2012 04:42 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s largest refiner, JX Nippon Oil & Energy, is on track to shut its No 1 fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) at Negishi for a turnaround on 18 May, a company source said on Thursday.
The FCC will be off line until around 20 June, he said.
JX Nippon Oil plans to shut the unit for scheduled maintenance from the middle of October to the end of November, alongside a turnaround at the company’s No 2 residual FCC (RFCC) at the site during the same period, he said.
The Negishi units can each produce around 85,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
JX Nippon Oil will not have any spot cargoes for sale in May and June during the turnaround, the source said.
This is not expected to have an evident impact on the propylene market, which is still under downward pressure because of the prevailing weak performance in the derivative polypropylene (PP) sector.
Separately, the source said the company has yet to resume operations at one of its two FCCs in Mizushima that has been shut since January because of technical issues. It is unclear when the unit will be restarted. The FCC can produce around 90,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
JX Nippon Oil’s other FCC at Mizushima, which has a propylene nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year, is running smoothly, the source added.
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