Japan's JX Nippon Oil to shut Kawasaki naphtha cracker on 9 Nov

08 November 2012 09:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's JX Nippon Oil & Energy plans to shut its 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Kawasaki on 9 November for repairs, a company official said on Thursday.

Mechanical issues at the cracker were discovered during its extended maintenance on 13 August-10 October, the official said.

The cracker may be off line for a week, according to an industry source, but this was not confirmed by the company official, who said that the company has not decided yet on the unit's restart date.

The cracker is currently operating at 100%, the JX Nippon Oil official said.

The shutdown is unlikely to have any impact on the regional ethylene market, he said.

Additional reporting from Felicia Loo

By: Helen Lee
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