Japan's JX Nippon Oil restarts 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker

11 October 2012 04:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's JX Nippon Oil & Energy has restarted its 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Kawasaki on Thursday morning, following extended maintenance caused by mechanical issues, a company source said.

“The cracker got restarted today, just this morning. We plan to run the cracker to a maximum rate,” said the source, without specifying the exact rate.

JX Nippon previously planned to restart the cracker on around 8 or 10 October. The cracker was initially scheduled to resume operations on 28 September, after scheduled maintenance that started on 13 August.

Separately, JX Nippon has no plans to conduct a cracker turnaround next year following the recent major maintenance, the source said.

By: Felicia Loo

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