11 January 2013 03:55 [Source: ICIS news]
The 10 January plant shutdown, which was first announced in early December, will deepen the company's output cut across its plants in Asia.
The Chiba No 1 plant, which has a nameplate phenol capacity of 190,000 tonnes/year and an acetone nameplate capacity of 114,000 tonnes/year, is scheduled to be restarted on 11 February, the company official added.
The restart date has been postponed from 4 February.
Mitsui Chemicals's No2 plant in Chiba 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, has been increased to 100% capacity in January, following the completion of minor maintenance in December.
Operating rate at Mitsui Chemicals' phenol/acetone plant in Osaka, which can produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 120,000 tonnes/year of acetone, will be capped at 70% in January 2013, unchanged from December and November 2012.
In Singapore, Mitsui Chemicals operates a phenol/acetone plant that can make 300,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 180,000 tonnes/year of acetone under the company name Mitsui Phenol Singapore.
Operate rate at the Singapore plant, which can produce 300,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 180,000 tonnes/year of acetone, was slashed to 60% of capacity in January, from 80% capacity in December.
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