Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals shuts Chiba naphtha cracker

22 August 2012 03:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals has taken its 617,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Chiba off line because of a power supply cut on Tuesday, company sources said on Wednesday.

The cracker and other derivative plants, including PE, PP and elastomer plants, were shut around 01:00-02:00 hours Japan time (16:00-17:00 GMT) on 21 August, they said.

“The restart date hasn’t been decided yet,” a company source said.

Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the outage, sources added.

The cracker was operating at 80% of capacity before the outage, the source said.

Mitsui Chemicals is currently running its 450,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Osaka at 80% of capacity, he said.

The Chiba cracker had a turnaround in July 2010, and the next scheduled maintenance for the plant is in 2013.

Additional reporting by Helen Lee

By: Felicia Loo

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