Japan's JX Nippon Oil shuts aromatics unit on technical woes

22 April 2014 11:08 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy has taken its aromatics plants off line in Kawasaki on 21 April as a result of some technical woes, a company source said on Tuesday.

JX owns a 350,000 tonnes/year PX unit, a 60,000 tonnes of benzene and an aromatics unit that has a nameplate of 90,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 70,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 10,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene (SX).

The company shut its upstream 460,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Kawasaki on 21 April as well, the source said.

“We are still checking on the problem so we are not sure when exactly the restart date will be,” the source added.

By Ong Sheau Ling