Japan's JX Nippon Oil delays Chita benzene restart on tech issues

28 June 2012 12:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp has delayed the restart of its 200,000 tonne/year benzene unit in Chiba following a scheduled turnaround due to technical issues, a source at the Japanese aromatics major said on Thursday.

The plant was initially expected to restart production by the end of June, but this has been delayed to 10 July, the source added.

Due to the prolonged shutdown, the producer has slightly less benzene supply at present, he said.

Meanwhile, the company was on track to resume production at its 90,000 tonne/year benzene unit in Sendai from 5 July after taking the unit offline from 10 June, the source added.

The producer also restarted production at the 120,000 tonne/year Oita-based benzene facility from 15 June and was currently running the unit at 100%, he said.

The Oita-based plant was also shut from 15 May for scheduled maintenance.

JX Nippon Oil is the largest benzene producer in Japan.

By: Mahua Chakravarty
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