Kuwait Aromatics to carry out trial runs at new Shuaiba unit

27 October 2009 12:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Kuwait Aromatics will begin trial runs at its new aromatics unit at Shuaiba, Kuwait, on 27-28 October and is expecting operations to stabilise in under two weeks, a company source said on Tuesday.

“The [paraxylene] production start-up, it is scheduled…for today or tomorrow…and after 10 days, normal production should take place,” said the source.

The new unit is to have the capacity to produce up to 820,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX) and 395,000 tonnes/year benzene.

Market sources had expected the company to delay commercial operations at the newly constructed aromatics unit to mid-November or early December after it missed its latest target to begin trial runs on 24 October.

Kuwait Aromatics’ start-up would be the fifth in fresh Asian PX capacity this year.

The four other companies that have brought on line new PX capacities include Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, Fujia Dahua Petrochemical, CNOOC-Kings Group and Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co.

Kuwait Aromatics is a subsidiary of the state-owned Kuwait Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC).

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By: Bohan Loh
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