Japan's Mitsui Chem shuts Chiba phenol/acetone unit for overhaul

28 October 2013 07:00  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals on 28 October shut its phenol/acetone plant in Chiba for annual maintenance according to its schedule, a company source said.

The plant, which has a nameplate capacity of 190,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 114,000 tonnes/year of acetone, will undergo maintenance until 3 December, the source said.

Mitsui Chemicals operates a second phenol/acetone plant in Chiba, which has a nameplate capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 90,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

In Japan, the company also runs a phenol/acetone plant in Osaka that can produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 120,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

Mitsui Chemicals, the largest phenol/acetone producer in Asia, operates a plant in Singapore’s Jurong Island that can make 300,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 180,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

Construction of its joint venture phenol/acetone plant in Shanghai, called Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Chemical, is on schedule for completion by the end of 2013, the source said.

Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Chemical will have an annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes of phenol and 150,000 tonnes of acetone.

By: Trisha Huang

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