Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals eyes 20-21 December restart for Osaka OCU

16 December 2013 11:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's Mitsui Chemicals may restart its olefins conversion unit (OCU) in Osaka on 20 or 21 December, if its downstream polypropylene (PP) plant resumes production as planned a day prior to these dates, a company source said on Monday.

The OCU, which can produce around 120,000 tonnes/year of propylene, was shut on 10 December following an unplanned shutdown at the 300,000 tonne/year derivative facility at the same site.

Mitsui Chemicals' 450,000 tonne/year Osaka cracker continues to operate at reduced rates of 85%.

Meanwhile, operations at the company's joint venture OCU in Chiba have remained intermittent. The facility was shut again late in the week of 9 December because of a mechanical issue.

The producer has been struggling to stabilise operations at the plant, since an outage in the second half of October following a fire incident at the Chiba refinery.

The plant, which can produce 150,000 tonnes/year of propylene, is jointly owned by Idemitsu Kosan and Sumitomo Chemical.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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