24 August 2012 08:56 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals’ will cap the operating rate of its No 1 phenol/acetone plant in Chiba at 60% of capacity from September onwards because of a reduction in production of cumene, a company source said on Friday.
Cumene is an intermediate produced from feedstock benzene and propylene.
The output of cumene for the phenol/acetone plant will be reduced as Mitsui Chemicals plans to utilize the cumene production unit to produce both cymene and cumene, the source said.
Cymene is the feedstock of meta/para-cresol. The cymene production unit at the company’s Iwakuni-Ohtake Works was severely damaged by an explosion and fire last April, the source said.
The Chiba No 1 phenol/acetone plant is currently under a maintenance shutdown, where the cumene production unit will be modified to enable cymene production, the source said.
The No1 phenol/acetone plant, which can produce 190,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 114,000 tonnes/year of acetone, was shut on 22 August and will remain off line till 12 September, the source said.
Run rate at the plant will be capped at 60% because of the reduction in cumene supply, the source said.
The reduced operating rate at the Chiba No 1 phenol/acetone plant will continue until the restoration of cymene production unit in Iwakuni-Ohtake Works is completed at the end of next year, the source said.
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