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Japan's JXTG shuts 24% of installed refining capacity for maintenance

Tokyo — Japan's largest refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy has shut a combined468,000 b/d, or 24% of its refining capacity, for scheduled maintenance,according to S&P Global Platts calculations based on company information.

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JXTG on Tuesday shut the sole 136,000 b/d crude distillation unit at theOita refinery in southwestern Japan for scheduled maintenance.

It was not immediately clear whether JXTG will add more scheduledrefinery maintenance programs in June.

The current refinery turnarounds will last until the end of June.

In addition to Oita, JXTG on Sunday shut the 162,000 b/d CDU at theKashima refinery on the east coast for scheduled maintenance.

The 170,000 b/d No. 2 CDU at the Kawasaki refinery in Tokyo Bay was shuton May 10 for scheduled maintenance.

JXTG, which holds roughly half of Japan's domestic oil products marketshare, is also a major exporter of middle distillates and gasoline.

-- Takeo Kumagai, takeo.kumagai@spglobal.com

-- Edited by E Shailaja Nair, shailaja.nair@spglobal.com