Showa Denko K.K. will temporarily suspend operations at its ethylene plant at the Oita Complex. The two-line ethylene plant has total production capacity for approximately 695,000 tpa. At the 200,000 tpa line, the company stopped production on March 7 to conduct periodic maintenance of cracking furnaces until March 29. Production was also stopped at the other line of 495,000 tpa on March 15 to conduct cleaning of cracking furnaces until March 21. On March 18, a trouble occurred in equipment for the cooling process. After a series of inspection, we confirmed today that we need to repair the equipment.
Although ethylene production was initially planned to fully restart on March 30, the company has decided to postpone the time of restart due to the need of the repair to end of May.