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Japan's JX shuts PX plant following fire

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 21/10/2016 (14:42)
According to market sources, Japan’s PX producer JX Nippon Oil & Energy shut its 500,000 tons/year PX plant at Kashima on October 20 following a fire at the No. 3 reformer at the 252,500 barrels per day (bpd) Kashima refinery. The fire reportedly occurred just after an earthquake hit the area.

For that reason, the refiner had to shut its No. 3 reformer with a capacity of 21,200 bpd and No. 1 condensate splitter with a capacity of 63,500 bpd.

The fire did not affect the company’s second smaller PX plant at Kashima with a production capacity of 180,000 tons/year.

It is also stated that the company continues to operate its other units as usual.

The company is assessing the extent of the fire destruction on the PX output within the next few days.
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