Japan’s Mitsui Chem restarts Osaka cracker; run rate at 70-80%

01 August 2012 11:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is currently running its 450,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Osaka at 70-80% of capacity, a company official said on Wednesday.

The naphtha cracker was restarted as scheduled on 31 July after a scheduled maintenance that started on 26 June, the source said.

“We achieved on-spec production at the cracker today and we will raise the operating rates gradually to 100%,” he said.

In Chiba, Mitsui runs a 617,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker, which is expected to operate at around 80% of capacity this month, unchanged from July, the source said.

The Chiba cracker last had a turnaround in July 2010, with the next scheduled maintenance in 2013, the source said.

By: Helen Lee
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