Japan's largest petrochemical firm, Mitsubishi Chemical Corp, is to complete repair work and plans to restart a 450,000 tpa naphtha cracker in Mizushima on January 14. The problem occurred when an unusual odour was detected on December 29 due to which the company had to voluntarily shut down the facility. Ethylene gas was found leaking from a corroded pipe. The company will not be increasing run rates at two Kashima crackers to balance output during the two week shut down period.
The Japanese major has set dates for planned maintenance at its three naphtha crackers in 2009. The 375000 tpa Kashima 1 cracker will undergo planned maintenance for 50 days starting May 7. Kashima 2, with 476,000 tpa cpacity will be shut for 49 days staring June 28, while the 450,000 tpa Mizushima cracker will be shuttered for 55 days staring May 13, 2009.