Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan to fully shut Tokuyama cracker by 10 Sept

06 September 2012 11:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan Co will fully shut its 623,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Tokuyama by 10 September, a company source said on Thursday.

The cracker has two lines, one of which was shut on 4 September, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

The remaining line is currently running at close to full capacity, the company source said.

They declined to comment on the capacity breakdown of the two lines.

“We are not sure when it [the entire cracker] will start up but it [restart] will be around end-October,” the spokesperson said.

Idemitsu Kosan's naphtha cracker in Chiba with a 374,000 tonne/year capacity is currently running at 90-95%, the company source said.

The company will try to raise the Chiba cracker’s run rate to 100% this month, the source added.

Additional reporting by Helen Lee and Felicia Loo

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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