Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan restarts Chiba benzene unit after turnaround

24 May 2013 07:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese aromatics producer Idemitsu Kosan on 23 May restarted its benzene unit in Chiba after shutting it in mid-April for scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Friday.

The benzene unit, which has a nameplate capacity of 327,000 tonnes/year, achieved on-spec material on 23 May, the source said, adding that the company is now gradually ramping up its run rate to 100%, the source said.

“The Chiba [benzene] plant will run [at] 100% for four to five days in order to produce more hydrogen gas, which is currently short at the site,” he said.

Following that, the company will reduce the facility’s run rate to 80% to match operating rates at downstream styrene monomer (SM) production units, the source added.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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