Japan's Showa Shell to shut Yokkaichi refinery in June-July 2013

05 October 2012 10:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japan’s Showa Shell Sekiyu plans to shut down a crude distillation unit (CDU) and associated secondary units at its 210,000 bbl/day Yokkaichi refinery for scheduled maintenance in June-July 2013, an industry source said on Friday.

The company will shut down a 135,000 bbl/day CDU No 3 and a 75,000 bbl/day vacuum distillation unit (VDU)  No 3, together with a 60,000 bbl/day residual fluidised catalytic cracker (RFCC) and a 38,000 bbl/day continuous catalytic naphtha reformer (CCR) at the site for at least 30 days, the source said.

The Yokkaichi facility in western Honshu prefecture is primarily a fuels refinery and is operated by Showa Yokkaichi Sekiyu, an affiliate of Showa Shell.

Two other refining complexes in Japan are being run by Showa Shell affiliates – Seibu Oil operates the 120,000 bbl/day refinery in Yamaguchi prefecture and Toa Oil operates a 65,000 bbl/day Keihin Mizue refinery in Kawasaki.

By: James Dennis
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