GPCA '09: Samsung Total may debottleneck cracker, units in 2011

08 December 2009 08:13  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS news)--South Korea’s Samsung Total Petrochemicals may debottleneck its cracker and downstream units at Daesan in 2011 "if market conditions are favourable," a company source said on Tuesday.

"The company is studying the possibility of expanding the capacities of the cracker and derivative units slightly in 2011, depending on market conditions," the source said on the sidelines of the 4th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) forum.

If Samsung Total decides to go ahead with the expansion, it would be done during a 30-40 day maintenance shutdown scheduled for 2011. "No firm decision has been taken yet on the expansion, but in the event that it does happen, the facilities will only be expanded slightly," the source added.

The company shuts down the cracker complex for maintenance only once in four years, the source said. "The last turnaround was conducted in 2007," he added.

The company operates an 850,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker, a 570,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility, a 175,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant, a 125,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) and a 110,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate (LDPE/EVA) swing plant at Daesan.

The three-day GPCA forum ends on Thursday.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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