13 September 2012 10:04 [Source: ICIS news]
The No 1 phenol/acetone plant, which can produce 190,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 114,000 tonnes/year of acetone, was taken off line on 22 August to undergo modification work that would enable the cumene unit to produce cymene as well as cumene.
Cumene, a feedstock for phenol/acetone, is an intermediate produced from benzene and propylene.
Cymene is the feedstock of meta/para-cresol. Mitsui Chemicals’ cymene production unit at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture was severely damaged by an explosion and fire in April this year.
A reduced cumene supply means that Mitsui Chemicals will continue to cap its No 1 phenol/acetone output at 60% capacity until late 2013, when the restoration of the cymene production unit at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works is scheduled to complete.
The No 1 phenol/acetone plant will be shut for annual maintenance between 17 October and 29 November, the source added.
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