Japan's Mitsui Chem to shut phenol/acetone plant for overhaul

05 October 2012 08:45  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans to shut its No 1 phenol/acetone plant in Chiba in October for annual maintenance, said a company official on Friday.

The plant, which has a phenol nameplate capacity of 190,000 tonnes/year and an acetone nameplate capacity of 114,000 tonnes/year, will undergo maintenance between 17 October and 29 November.

Mitsui Chemicals’ spot cargo availability will be significantly reduced by the turnaround, the official said.

The estimated phenol production loss resulting from the scheduled overhaul is about 25,000 tonnes, the official said.

Its acetone output will be cut by about 15,000 tonnes over the same period, he added.

The No 1 phenol/acetone plant has been operating at a reduced rate of 60% capacity because of lower feedstock cumene production.

In view of unfavourable market conditions, Mitsui Chemicals is considering further phenol/acetone output cuts. However, a final decision has not been reached, the official added.

By: Trisha Huang

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