Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals to restart Chiba cracker by 28-29 August

23 August 2012 04:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its 617,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Chiba by 28 or 29 August following power supply cut on 21 August, company sources said on Thursday

“The power supply has been restored since yesterday. The cracker may be restarted by 28 or 29 August,” one source said.

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

The downstream units are likely to be restarted on 25-27 August, the source said.

Prior to the outage, the Chiba cracker was operating at 80% of capacity. The cracker had a turnaround in July 2010, and the next scheduled maintenance for the plant is in 2013.

Mitsui Chemicals’ other naphtha cracker in Osaka with an ethylene capacity of 450,000 tonne/year is currently running at 80%, another company source said.

By: Felicia Loo

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