Hanwha plans phased turnarounds for Korea PE plants

15 January 2009 12:14  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Major South Korean polyethylene (PE) producer Hanwha Chemical has planned phased turnarounds for its facilities at Ulsan and Yeosu starting from March, a company source said on Thursday.

Its 207,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Yeosu would be shut from 23 March to 3 April, the source said.

Its No 1 and No 2 linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plants at the same site, with a total capacity of 224,000 tonnes/year, would be shut for turnarounds for 7-10 days in March, he said.

The exact timing of the turnarounds that are scheduled for the rest of the year remain to be fixed, the source said.

But the bulk of maintenance would be carried out in October, when most of Hanwha's plants would be shut for 3-23 days, he said.

Other LLDPE producers in South Korea include Honam Petrochemical and Samsung Total.

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Location, Product

Capacity tonne/year

Shutdown period

Ulsan, LDPE

Train 1 (43,000)

Train 2 (43,000)

October 7-30

October 7-21


Yeosu, LDPE No 1


March 23 – April 3

8 days in October

Yeosu, LDPE No 2


5 days in May

13 days in October

Yeosu, LLDPE No 1


7 days in March

4 days in July

4 days in November

Yeosu, LLDPE No 2


10 days in March

5 days in June

3 days in July

3 days in October

4 days in December

Yeosu, LLDPE No3


8 days in May

10 days in October

By: Chow Bee Lin
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