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ENEOS to shut naphtha cracker in Japan after mechanical glitches

November 23/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ENEOS Corporation (formerly known as JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy) is planning to take its larger naphtha cracker in Kawasaki off-line on 1 December 2020 for repairment after a technical issue reported at the butadiene separation unit last week, reported CommoPlast.

The cracker is currently operating at 95% capacity and would slowly reduce the run rates to completely shut down by the beginning of December.

The cracker with an annual capacity of 515,000 tons/year of ethylene, 300,000 tons/year of propylene, and 105,000 tons/year of butadiene would be shut for a month.

The companys smaller cracker at the same location is not affected by the issue.

As MRC informed before, Eneos Corporation has restarted its fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit following a planned outage. The company resumed operations at the unit on August 31, 2020. The unit was shut for maintenance in end-April, 2020. Located at Kawasaki, Japan, the FCC unit has a propylene capacity of 150,000 mt/year.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,594,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, up by 1% year on year. Only high denstiy polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 880,130 tonnes in the nine months of 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.

Japan's largest refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy was renamed ENEOS Corporation on 25 June, 2020, as part of a wider re-organization of the parent company JXTG Holdings. The move, which also involved renaming the parent company to ENEOS Holdings upon approval at its annual shareholders meeting in June 2020, comes as it strives to be a more comprehensive energy and materials company under its 2040 vision announced in May, 2019. JXTG Holdings was formed as a result of a merger between JX Holdings and TonenGeneral in April 2017. This followed the establishment of JX Holdings as a result of the merger between Nippon Oil and Nippon Mining Holdings in April 2010.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP random copolymer, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, Eneos, Nippon, Russia, Japan.
Category:General News
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