Japan's Mitsui Chem runs Chiba No 1 phenol/acetone unit at 60%

14 December 2012 01:27  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is running its No 1 phenol/acetone plant in Chiba at 60% capacity after restarting it on 10 December following a turnaround, a company official said late on Thursday.

The plant, which has a nameplate phenol capacity of 190,000 tonnes/year and an acetone nameplate capacity of 114,000 tonnes/year, was taken off line on 17 October to undergo annual maintenance.

The producer is capping its Chiba No 1 phenol/acetone output 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, was reduced to about 90% capacity for the month of December to enable minor maintenance to be carried out.

By: Trisha Huang

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