Japan’s Showa Denko restarts naphtha cracker at Oita

11 June 2012 08:42  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Showa Denko restarted its 695,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Oita on 9 June, a company official said on Monday.

“[The workers] were working on bringing the plant on line as scheduled on Friday, but it took until Saturday,” the official said.

The cracker is operating at “almost full rate”, the official said, adding that it is not clear exactly when full-rate operation may be achieved.

“It depends on the condition of the market, but the inventories (of ethylene) are low because the plant was shut for some time, so [the plant] will be operated at high rates,” the official said.

Showa Denko shut the cracker on 28 March because of a problem with its cooling unit.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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