Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan to restart Chiba benzene unit on 20 May

25 April 2013 07:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese aromatics producer Idemitsu Kosan plans to restart its 327,000 tonne/year benzene unit in Chiba on 20 May, following a more a one-month long scheduled maintenance, market players said late on Wednesday.

A company source confirmed that the benzene plant was shut for turnaround currently, but did not specify the restart date.

Its downstream 210,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) facility at the same site has skipped annual maintenance this year, the company source said.

Idemitsu also owns a 219,000 tonne/year benzene unit and two SM units of 120,000 tonnes/year and 220,000 tonnes/year in Tokuyama, which will skip turnaround this year, he said.

Other key aromatics producers in Japan include JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Mitsubishi Chemical and Taiyo Oil.

Additional reporting by Clive Ong

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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