Fire hits Idemitsu Kosan Chiba refinery; OCU shut: sources

16 October 2013 12:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan has had a fire incident at its Chiba refinery on Wednesday morning that shut the olefins conversion unit (OCU) at the site, a company source said.

The company may take its 374,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at the site off line within the week because of the fire, sources close to the company said, adding that the shutdown would last two weeks.

The downstream hydrodealkylation (HDA) unit may also be shut for two weeks because of outages at the upstream units, the company source said.

In Chiba, Idemitsu Kosan can produce about 330,000 tonnes/year of benzene, the source said.

The company's downstream 210,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) unit will not be affected by the upstream outages, the source said.

Additional reporting by Ong Sheau Ling

By: Helen Lee
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