09 January 2009 10:03 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Indonesian aromatics producer Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) plans to restart its benzene and paraxylene (PX) plant in February after months of idling the facility, a company source said on Friday.
"Our plan is to restart the plant by February 2009. But this has not been firmed up yet," the source said.
He added that the current poor economic situation is preventing them from coming to a conclusion.
The unit was shut down in February 2008 after the company declared a force majeure following port damages due to inclement weather.
TPPI lifted the force majeure on 5 May 2008 and restarted the facility. But A spate of mechanical problems had cropped up that the plant was shut two weeks after the restart and was left idle since.
The complex produces 120,000 tonnes/year of orthoxylene (OX), 45,000-50,000 tonnes/month (540,000-600,000 tonnes/year) of PX and 30,000-33,000 tonnes/month of benzene.
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