17 October 2005 08:19 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Chandra Asri, Indonesia’s sole cracker operator, plans to shut its 500,000 tonne/year unit in November 2006 for debottlenecking, a company source said on Monday.
The cracker at Merak, west Java, will be offline for around 40 days starting early November. Its capacity will be raised by over 15% to 590,000 tonne/year by the first half of 2007, he added.
The increase in capacity will come as a relief to Indonesian buyers as the country is short of ethylene supply, and needs to import three-to-five cargoes of 3,000 tonne each every month. These are for downstream companies such as polyethylene (PE) producer PT Peni, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producers Asahimas and Satomo Indovyl Monomer, and monoethylene glycol (MEG) producer GT Petrochem.
The $40m-50m cracker expansion project was awarded to a consortium formed by Lurgi and IKBP, an Indonesian construction company, and will be financed internally, said the source.
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