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Mitsui resumed production at its naphtha cracker in Japan

May 14/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- After being shut down since early May, Japan's Mitsui Chemicals had restart its Ichihara naphtha cracker by May 12, reported Reuters.

The unexpected shutdown of the firm's 612,000 tonnes per year (tpy) cracker came as several other crackers in Japan and South Korea were either undergoing or about to start scheduled maintenance.

These include Hanwha Total Petrochemical's 1 million tpy cracker, which has been shut since April and is not expected to resume operations until June.

Asia's naphtha market has been persistently weak due to ample supplies.

The Asian naphtha crack for instance at USD37.60 a tonne on Wednesday was the lowest since Feb. 14 this year.

As MRC informed previously, Mitsui Chemicals took its naphtha-fed steam cracker in Sakai off-stream for a maintenance turnaround in mid-June 2018. It remained under maintenance until end-July 2018. Located in Sakai, Japan, the cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 500,000 mt/year and propylene production capacity of 280,000 mt/year.

Mitsui Chemicals is a leading manufacturer and supplier of value added specialty chemicals, plastics and materials for the automotive, healthcare, packaging, agricultural, building, and semiconductor and electronics markets. Mitsui Chemicals is a Japanese Chemicals company, a part of the Mitsui conglomerate. The company has a turnover of around 15 billion USD and has business interests in Japan, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the USA. The company mainly deals in performance materials, petro and basic chemicals and functional polymeric materials.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, propylene, ethylene, Hanwha Total, Mitsui, South Korea, Japan.
Category:General News
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