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Asahi Kasei Mitsubishi to delay restart of Mizushima naphtha cracker

January 24/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Asahi Kasei Mitsubishi Chemical Ethylene Corp, a joint venture of Asahi Kasei Corp and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp , said on Thursday it will delay the restart of a naphtha cracker in Mizushima, western Japan, to Jan. 28 from Jan. 24, reported Reuters.

The delay is due to a glitch in the steam system, which is operated in case of an emergency, Asahi Kasei said in a statement.

The company shut the naphtha cracker on Jan. 14 after a malfunction in the refrigerant system.

The naphtha cracker has a production capacity of 567,000 tonnes a year without any turnaround and 496,000 tonnes with turnaround, the firm said.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,904,410 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments increased from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,161,830 tonnes in January-November 2019, up by 7% year on year. Deliveries of all grades of propylene polymers increased, with the homopolymer PP segment accounting for the largest increase.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, ethylene, Asahi Kasei, Mitsubishi Chemical, Russia, Japan.
Category:General News
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