28 May 2008 12:02 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Styrindo Mono Indonesia (SMI) restarted its No 2 styrene monomer (SM) unit in Merak on 27 May, a company source said on Wednesday.
The 250,000 tonne/year unit was shut down in the first half of April for maintenance and modification. It was being modified to enable the use of natural gas as fuel, which was expected to reduce the company’s manufacturing costs, the source said on the sidelines of the Asian Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC).
"The start up was successful and the company will ramp up operating rates in the coming days," he added.
The company planned to shut down its 100,000 tonne/year No 1 unit at the same location in late June for a similar modification. The unit was expected to be shut down longer than one month.
SMI was acquired by Chandra Asri, Indonesia’s sole cracker operator, last year.
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