Hanwha Chemical plans phased turnarounds for PE plants in 2010

30 November 2009 15:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical plans to carry out phased shutdowns for maintenance work at its polyethylene (PE) plants next year, a company source said on Monday.

Some of Hanwha’s low density polyethylene (LDPE) facilities at Yeosu and Ulsan were scheduled for full or partial shutdowns of more than 10 days in May, October and November, it said.

Its No 3 linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant at Yeosu will be shut for 11 days in May and for 12 days October, the source said.

The producer’s supplies were expected be tight around the maintenance periods, but it would manage its inventories in line with the turnaround schedule to prevent severe supply disruptions, the source said.

Hanwha Chemical is a key exporter of LDPE and LLDPE to China, which is the world’s largest PE importer.

Location, product

Capacity tonne/year

Shutdown period

Ulsan, LDPE

87,000

Oct – 10 days

Yeosu, LDPE No 1 (module 1)

165,000

Nov – 13 days

Yeosu, LDPE No 1 (module 2)

April – 4 days

Nov – 13 days

Yeosu, LDPE No 2

120,000

May – 13 days

Oct – 5 days

Yeosu, LLDPE No 1

118,000

March – 3 days

July – 3 days

Oct – 8 days

Yeosu, LLDPE No 2

106,000

March – 7 days

May – 3 days

June – 3 days

Oct – 4 days

Yeosu, LLDPE No3

155,000

March – 8 days

May – 11 days

Oct – 12 days

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