Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical restarts Mizushima naphtha cracker

08 July 2013 04:56  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical has restarted its 493,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Mizushima as scheduled following the completion of a turnaround which began in mid-May, a company official said on Monday.

“We fed in naphtha [to the cracker] this morning and hopefully by midnight today the ethylene [produced] will be on-spec,” the source added.

“We can’t comment on the [cracker’s] July operating rates, but theoretically we will try to operate at 100% capacity if market prices are attractive,” the source said.

The naphtha cracker was operating at 80-85% capacity before it was taken off line in mid-May for maintenance.

Mitsubishi Chemical will shut its 489,000 tonne/year No 2 cracker in Kashima in mid-August for 50-55 days for maintenance.

Its 392,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker in Kashima will not undergo any turnaround this year, as it is scheduled to close permanently in either April or May 2014.


By: Helen Lee
+65 6780 4359



AddThis Social Bookmark Button

For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.

Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.

Printer Friendly

ICIS news FREE TRIAL
Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.
ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)
ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index