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Japan's Idemitsu Kosan to scrap its refinery in western Japan by March 2014

November 02/2011

(Reuters) -- Idemitsu Kosan Co , Japan's third-largest oil company, is to scrap its 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) Tokuyama refinery in western Japan by March 2014 rather than upgrade the plant to meet government regulations. The move will cut Idemitsu's refining capacity in Japan by nearly a fifth from the existing 640,000 bpd total from four plants.


The company would continue petrochemical operations at the plant and use the site as a fuel shipment hub. Idemitsu plans to import naphtha from international markets to feed the two petrochemical crackers at the plant with capacity to produce a total of 623,000 tonnes per year of ethylene.


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