15 October 2013 07:00 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese aromatics producer Idemitsu Kosan plans to shut both its Chiba and Tokuyama-based benzene and styrene monomer (SM) facilities in 2014 for a month-long scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Tuesday.
The Chiba-based 330,000 tonne/year benzene unit and 210,000 tonne/year SM plant will be shut from March to April 2014 for the turnaround, the source said.
At Tokuyama, the benzene unit, reformer and SM unit will likely be taken off line in September to October 2014, the source added.
The total nameplate capacity at Tokuyama is 220,000 tonnes/year of benzene and the two SM lines’ capacities are at 210,000 tonnes/year and 120,000 tonnes/year respectively, he said.
Operating rates at the benzene plants at both sites are at 80% at the moment because of the pygas availability from its upstream refinery. Meanwhile. the SM units are currently running at 100%.
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