Tosoh shuts naphtha cracker

Japan“s Tosoh Corp shut from its naphtha cracker at Yokkaichi for a planned maintenance turnaround, a company source said on 11 March. The 527,000 mt/yr ethylene plant is to be be shut for 35 days un…

Japan“s Tosoh Corp shut from its naphtha cracker at Yokkaichi for a planned maintenance turnaround, a company source said on 11 March. The 527,000 mt/yr ethylene plant is to be be shut for 35 days until 14 April. The unit was running at full capacity prior to the outage, said the source. Tosoh plans to operate the cracker at 100% capacity from the second half of April after it restarts. A further three crackers were also shut down, representing the first wave of maintenance scheduled in the region, with seven more expected in the second quarter. Japan“s Sanyo Petrochemical closed its 443,000 ton per year (tpy) unit at Mizushima on Sunday for a 41-day turnaround period, a company source said. Petrochemicals producer Showa Denko KK shut its 600,000-tpy Oita plant earlier on 11 March, with operations expected to resume on 19 April, a company source said. The fourth plant to shut for maintenance belongs to Thai Petrochemical Industry , which brought its 300,000-tpy cracker at Map Ta Phut down from 8 March. The facility was expected to restart on 2 April, a company source said.