Japan's Keiyo Ethylene restarts naphtha cracker

03 August 2012 07:29  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese ethylene producer Keiyo Ethylene restarted its 740,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Ichihara on 2 August after it was taken off line following a mechanical problem last month, an official from its parent Maruzen Petrochemical said on Friday.

“[Keiyo Ethylene is] gradually ramping up the operating rate [of the cracker],” the official said in Japanese over the phone, without stating if the producer plans to bring it to full operating rate.

Keiyo Ethylene had shut the cracker, located in Chiba prefecture, due to a mechanical problem on 24 July.

Repair works were done to the plant during the shutdown, the official said.

Keiyo Ethylene is a joint venture among Maruzen Petrochemical, Sumitomo Chemical and Mitsui Chemicals. Maruzen Petrochemical holds a 55% share while Sumitomo and Mitsui each hold 22.5% stake in the JV.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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