Japan plans to shut three crackers in 2017
Accordingly, Asahi Kasei Mitsubishi Chemical Ethylene Corp, a joint venture between Asahi Kasei Chemicals and Mitsubishi Chemical, will shut its naphtha cracker in Mizushima at the beginning of May for two months.
Idemitsu Kosan Co is reportedly planning to shut its cracker in Chiba in spring for a month in order to increase the capacity of processing propane as feedstock.
Finally, Mitsui Chemical is expected to shut its cracker in Ichihara, Chiba at a time between mid-June and early August for 40 days, the reports revealed.
The companies can produce 567,000 tons/year, 414,000 tons/year and 612,000 tons/year of ethylene respectively.
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