Japan's Mitsui Chem delays Chiba phenol/acetone No 1 unit restart

04 December 2012 08:31  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals has postponed the restart of its No 1 phenol/acetone plant in Chiba to 10 December because of a minor mechanical issue, a company official said on Tuesday.

The plant, which has a nameplate phenol capacity of 190,000 tonnes/year and an acetone nameplate capacity of 114,000 tonnes/year, was initially scheduled to resume operations on 30 November. The unit was taken off line on 17 October for annual maintenance.

The delay in restarting the unit will result in additional phenol output loss of about 6,000 tonnes, the official said.

Upon restart, the Chiba No 1 phenol/acetone plant will be operated at a reduced rate of 60% because of lower production of feedstock cumene.

Mitsui Chemicals operates a second phenol/acetone plant in Chiba that can produce 230,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 138,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

Phenol/acetone output at the Chiba No 2 plant, which is a joint venture between Mitsui Chemicals and Idemitsu Kosan, will be reduced to about 90% capacity for the month of December to enable minor maintenance to be carried out, the Mitsui Chemicals official said.

By: Trisha Huang

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