Japan’s Asahi Kasei plans maintenance at SM units in Feb 2014

12 July 2013 05:11  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)—Japan’s Asahi Kasei Co plans to shut both its styrene monomer (SM) units in February 2014 for maintenance during the turnaround of its cracker, a company source said.

The company’s 320,000 tonne/year No.2 facility, located in Mizushima, is scheduled to shut in mid-February for a two-month maintenance.

Its 390,000 tonne/year No.3 unit at the same location is expected to be taken offline in late February and will likely restart in early April, the source added.

The company’s 150,000 tonne/year No. 1 SM plant was mothballed in 2007.

Other Japanese SM producers include Idemitsu Kosan, Denka and Nippon Steel Chemicals.

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