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
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