Mitsubishi Chemical, Sumitomo Chemical to restart naphtha crackers in Japan with ethylene production capacities of 453,000 tonnes/year and 380,000 tonnes/year, respectively, after scheduled maintenance

LOS ANGELES , October 18, 2011 () – Both Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Sumitomo Chemical Co. will restart production at their naphtha crackers after they were shut down for regular maintenance, Reuters reported Oct. 17.

Mitsubishi will resume ethylene production at its No. 2 Kashima naphtha cracker, which produces 453,000 tonnes of ethylene per year. Operations were shut on Aug. 30 for maintenance work that was delayed after its Kashima complex was affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Sumitomo’s only naphtha cracker in Chiba, Japan, will also resume production of its cracker that has an ethylene production capacity of 380,000 tonnes per year after a Sept. 1 maintenance shut down.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, on Oct. 17, 2011.

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