Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals to shut MIBK plant for maintenance

21 August 2012 02:54  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is planning to shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture on 1 October for annual maintenance, a company official said on Tuesday.

The plant will be shut for six to seven weeks to undergo an overhaul, the official said.

Mitsui Chemicals’ MIBK plant was restarted in late July, after being brought off line along with all the other units at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works following a blast at the resorcinol facility on 22 April.

A company official declined to give an exact restart date at the time, while a 26 July announcement on Mitsui Chemicals’ company website said routine operations in the Ohtake area, including those at the MIBK plant, had resumed.

Mitsui Chemicals is the largest of three MIBK producers in Japan.

The other two producers are Mitsubishi Chemical, which has a nameplate capacity of 20,000 tonnes/year, and KH Neochem, which can produce 15,000 tonnes of MIBK annually.


By: Trisha Huang



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