JX Nippon oil shuts Chita-based aromatics plants on technical woes

04 April 2014 11:01 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JX Nippon Oil and Energy shut its aromatics facilities at Chita that includes a reformer, a toluene disproportionation (TDP) unit and a paraxylene (PX) plant late on 3 April due to some technical issues, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The outage is likely to last for a few days, the source said without specifying the exact technical cause.

The facility has a total nameplate capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, and 400,000 tonnes/year of PX, the source said.

There will be no impact on benzene customers because of this unplanned shutdown, the source added.

Additional reporting by Samuel Wong

By Ong Sheau Ling