Japan's Mitsui caps Chiba phenol/acetone op rate after restart

12 May 2014 11:20 Source:ICIS News

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is capping the operating rate at its phenol/acetone plant in Chiba at 50% capacity after restarting it in late April following a planned turnaround, a company official said on Monday.

The plant, which has a nameplate capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 90,000 tonnes/year of acetone, was restarted as planned in late April, the official said.

The company plans to cap the plant’s run rate at the same rate until the end of May, the official added.

Furthermore, the plant will be permanently closed from late September 2014, the official said.

Mitsui Chemicals’ second phenol/acetone plant in Chiba, which can produce 190,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 114,000 tonnes/year of acetone, is scheduled to undergo around 42 days of maintenance between late October and early December.

In addition to its two units in Chiba, Mitsui Chemicals also runs a phenol/acetone plant in Osaka that can produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 120,000 tonnes/year of acetone. A 45-day turnaround starting in mid-June has been planned for the Osaka unit.

In Singapore, Mitsui Chemicals operates a plant in Singapore’s Jurong Island that can make 300,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 180,000 tonnes/year of acetone. The plant is not scheduled to be shut for an overhaul in 2014, after undergoing regular maintenance in 2013.

The start-up of Mitsui Chemicals’ new joint venture phenol/acetone plant in China, named Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Chemicals Co (SSMC), has been delayed to July from April, according to several market sources.

The plant, which is located at Caojing in Shanghai, can produce 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 150,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

By Trisha Huang