13 May 1996 00:00 [Source: ACN]
Chi Mei plans to lift its styrene production to 60-70% of its 1.2m tonne/year requirement, a company official told ACN. The company has been conducting studies for styrene in Indonesia and the US. It has been studying a 350 000 tonne/year facility in CPC's planned complex in Gresik, Indonesia, based on CPC's relocated cracker No2 (see above), and a 450 000 tonne/year facility in the US. However, the US project is facing environmental problems, the official said.
Mobil and Exxon have approached Chi Mei for possible co-operation on their cracker projects in Singapore. However, plans are still premature at this stage, he said.
The sites under consideration for ABS and PS are Tanjung Langsat in Johor, Malaysia, and the reclaimed Jurong Island in Singapore. Sources of styrene also include Idemitsu Petrochemical in Johor and Seraya Chemicals in Singapore. Chi Mei is not looking to source styrene from Titan's proposed aromatics complex in Johor as its startup schedule has yet to be announced, the official said.
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