Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan runs HDA unit after upstream outage

30 October 2013 05:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's Idemitsu Kosan has restarted its Chiba-based hydrodealkylation (HDA) unit last week after shutting down on 17 October because of a fire outage at its upstream refinery unit, a company source said late on Tuesday.

The exact operating rate of the HDA unit was not immediately known.

Idemitsu also houses a separate benzene unit at Chiba with a total benzene production capacity of 330,000 tonnes/year, but the operating rate of the benzene unit was not known.

It also runs a downstream 265,000 tonne/year PX unit at the same site. The PX unit production was ramped up to 100% by 30 October, after it was reduced to 80% of capacity following the 17 October incident, a second company source said.

Additional reporting by Samuel Wong

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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