Japan August ethylene output up 3.2% from July; down 8.1% on year

07 September 2012 09:29  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan produced 562,600 tonnes of ethylene in August, up by 3.2% from the previous month but down by 8.1% from the same period a year earlier, official data showed on Friday.

One cracker was taken off line for scheduled maintenance in August, according to data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

JX Nippon Oil & Energy’s 460,000 tonne/year cracker was taken off line on 13 August for maintenance and will only restart on 28 September, ICIS reported.

Meanwhile, some units operated at reduced rates last month, like Maruzen Petrochemical’s 520,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker that ran at 86-87% of capacity.

Sumitomo Chemical operated its 415,000 tonne/year cracker at 90% of capacity last month but the run rate was cut to 85% in end-August, while Mitsubishi Chemicals’ three crackers ran at 85% of capacity in August.


By: Tomomi Yokomura
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