Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy restarts Kawasaki cracker

29 August 2013 07:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy on Thursday restarted its 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Kawasaki after a 10-day outage, a company source said on Thursday.

The cracker is now operating at around 70% capacity and the company expects to have on-spec ethylene and propylene on 30 August, the source said.

“We plan to increase the run rates to 100% in about a week,’’ the source said.

The company’s olefins conversion unit (OCU) at the same site, which can produce around 140,000 tonnes/year of propylene, is scheduled to be restarted on 7 September, the source said.

The cracker and the OCU were shut on 19 August because of a technical problem.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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