SERIOUS MONDAY: SHOWA DENKO INVESTS IN EFFICIENT FURNACES

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Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) will modify its ethylene plant at the Oita Petrochemical Complex to improve the plant’s energy efficiency and cost competitiveness, and reduce CO2 emissions.

They will install 2 modern high efficiency cracking furnaces that produce 100,000 tons per year each. These replace 7 existing cracking furnaces. SDK will also take measures to improve the waste heat recovery system and modify the preliminary distillation system. The energy efficiency should be improved by 6% and CO2 emissions will decrease by 67,000 tons per year.

The modification work will start in 2008 and be completed by 2010. The total production capacity of the ethylene plant will remain unchanged at 695,000 tons per year.

The 7 cracking furnaces to be replaced have been in operation for 38 years. They have been well maintained but SDk decided to replace them with modern equipment to reduce maintenance costs and increase efficiency. It is SDK’s intentions to work within the Kyoto Protocol and reduce emissions. The Kyoto Protocol calls for Japan to reduce its emissions by 6%.

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