Petrochemical Industry in Japan Asahi Kasei to Idle Naphtha Cracker at Mizushima

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Asahi Kasei does not plan to restart its Mizushima cracker: The unit, which was scheduled for turnaround in February, will be idled instead, the Japanese company stated.

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Tokyo/Japan – According to international news agencies and industry insiders at, the Japanese refiner has decided not to restart its 504,000 tons/year naphtha cracker near Mizushima (on the southern coast of the Japanese mainland). Originally, the cracker was scheduled for a maintenance shutdown beginning in mid-February.

Asahi Kasei tries to overcome the current crsis for petrochemicals and downstream industries in Japan by joining forces with Mitsubishi Chemical: Both companies have agreed to integrate their cracker operations as of April this year, concentrating on Mitsubishi's bigger 570,000 tons-facility in Mizushima.