LG Chem on track to shut down Yeosu BTX plant in March

15 January 2010 12:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--LG Chem is on track to shut down its benzene, toluene and solvent-grade xylene (BTX) plant at Yeosu, South Korea, in March, in line with a month-long shutdown of a cracker at the same site, a company source said on Friday.

The aromatics facility – which produces 220,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 100,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 55,000 tonnes/year of solvent-grade xylene – would be shut for a month, the source said.

The plant was expected to restart production from 7 April, he added.

The shutdown was due to an expansion of and maintenance work on its 900,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at the site, which is due to start on 3 March.

Following the expansion, the cracker would be able to produce 1m tonnes/year of ethylene, the source said.

LG Chem’s hydrodealkylation (HDA) facility at Daesan, which produces 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, was scheduled for a turnaround in 2011.

Other key aromatics producers in South Korea include SK Energy, GS Caltex and Yeochun Naphtha Cracking Centre (YNCC).

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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