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Idemitsu Kosan refinery in Tkyo Bay to remain shut until late March

February 14/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Idemitsu Kosan expects its Keihin refinery in Tokyo Bay to remain shut at least until the end of March, having been shut since late December 2019 due to a fire, a company spokesman told S&P Global.

The fire started on December 24, 2019, near the 27,000 b/d coker at the refinery, which is operated by Toa Oil, part of the Idemitsu Kosan group. The coker and other related units were immediately shut and subsequently all other units, including the sole crude distillation unit, were closed over December 25-27, 2019.

As MRC wrote previously, Idemitsu Kosan shut its naphtha cracker for a maintenance turnaround in Chiba from 9 April 2019 to end-May 2019.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,093,260 tonnes in 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments rose from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,260,400 tonnes in January-December 2019, up by 4% year on year. Supply of almost all grades of propylene polymers increased, except for statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers).

Idemitsu Kosan is a Japanese petroleum company. It owns and operates oil platforms, refineries and produces and sells petroleum, oils and petrochemical products. The company runs two petrochemical plants in Chiba and Tokuyama. The two naphtha crackers can produce up to 997,000 tonnes of ethylene per year.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Idemitsu, Russia, Japan.
Category:General News
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