Japan’s Mitsui may restart naphtha cracker on 29 August

28 August 2012 03:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is likely to restart its 617,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Chiba on 29 August following power supply cut on 21 August, a company source said on Tuesday.

The company had previously expected to restart the plant by 28 or 29 august.

“Hopefully the cracker will start [operating] tomorrow,” said the source.

The cracker and other derivative plants, including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and elastomer plants, were taken off line last week.

Prior to the outage, the Chiba cracker was operating at 80% 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% capacity, another company source said.

By: Felicia Loo

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