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Mitsubishi Delays Kashima Cracker Maintenance

7:18 AM MDT | May 18, 2011 | Ian Young

Mitsubishi Chemical says it has delayed a planned maintenance turnaround at the company's No. 2 naphtha cracker at Kashima, Japan by about two months from an originally planned start date of June 30. The company is due to restart the 453,000-m.t./year No. 2 cracker around May 20 after the plant was taken offline due to damage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Mitsubishi's No. 1 cracker at Kashima is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance and is due to restart by June 27. The two Kashima crackers have combined capacity for about 830,000 m.t./year...

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