Japan's JX Nippon delays restart of Kawasaki propylene unit

06 September 2013 06:46  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JX Nippon Oil and Energy is delaying the restart schedule of its olefins conversion unit (OCU) in Kawasaki by two days to 9 September because of a technical issue, a company source said on Friday.

The propylene unit was shut on 19 August following an unplanned shutdown at its 460,000 tonne/year cracker in the same Kawasaki complex.

The facility that can produce around 140,000 tonnes/year of propylene will shut again on 25 September for nearly a month of maintenance, the source said.

The turnaround period is longer than the initial 20-day schedule.

Meanwhile, the company is hoping to ramp up operations at the Kawasaki cracker to full production in about 10-14 days from around 70% capacity currently, the source said.

The cracker restarted on 29 August after 10 days of shutdown caused by a technical issue.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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