17 June 2005 10:39 [Source: ICIS news]
The plants at the complex are currently operating at full capacity, the source said, but he added that operating rates could be cut by as much as 30% during the first stage of the water cuts, which starts in early July.
The company produces 350,000 tonne/year of ethylene, 170,000 tonne/year of propylene, 350,000 tonne/year of polyethylene (PE), 450,000 tonne/year of polypropylene (PP), 120,000 tonne/year of xylenes, 220,000 tonne/year of styrene monomer (SM) and 120,000 tonne/year of expandable polystyrene (EPS) at the complex.
Water is essential for processes such as heat exchanging and for operating cooling towers in a naphtha cracker.
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