Japan's JX Nippon operates Kawasaki IPA plant at 80-85% capacity

12 October 2012 04:57  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy is operating its 85,000 tonne/year isopropanol (IPA) plant in Kawasaki at 80-85% capacity after resuming production on 7 October following a turnaround, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The restart date was about a week behind the initial schedule as mechanical issues led to a delay in the restart of the company’s upstream naphtha cracker at the same petrochemical complex, market sources said.  

The 460,000 tonne/year cracker restarted on 11 October, about two weeks later than planned.

JX Nippon is pushing back its October IPA shipments to distributors in southeast Asia by two to three weeks to the end of October and first-half November as a result of the delay in the plant restart schedule, market sources said.

Buyers, however, remain cautious as they expect the regional supply to increase as several northeast Asian facilities resumed production at the end of September and in early October.


By: Yeow Pei Lin



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