Japan's JX Nippon Oil runs Mizushima benzene units at 75-80%

17 July 2012 12:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese producer JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp is currently running its Mizushima-based benzene units at about 75-80% of capacity, even when the shutdown at an upstream refinery has started, a company source said on Tuesday.

The company expects to completely shut production at its Mizushima-B refinery this week on safety issues, the source said.

JX Nippon Oil is able to run two reformers producing a total of 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, and a toluene disproportionation (TDP) unit producing 120,000 tonnes/year of benzene, using its inventory of feedstock naphtha and reformate, the source said.

Meanwhile, its hydro-dealkylation (HDA) unit at the site that produces 130,000 tonnes/year of benzene has been down for the past year, the source said.

JX Nippon Oil started the shutdown process of Mizushima B refinery on 14 July, with the full shutdown expected by the end of the week, the source said.

It is not known when the refinery can restart, the source said, adding that a prolonged shutdown into August or September may affect production at the company’s benzene units.

By: Mahua Chakravarty
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