Indonesia’s Pertamina eyes propylene unit start up by end-July

25 June 2010 08:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Indonesia’s refinery operator Pertamina plans to start up a new metathesis unit in Balongan around end-July, a source close to the company said on Friday.

“We expect commercial production in September,” he said, adding that it would take some time to stabilise operations at the plant which would be able to produce around 178,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

Propylene from the metathesis unit, which uses ethylene as a feedstock, was expected to be fed to its downstream polypropylene (PP) customer Polytama Propindo and eventually to a new PP plant that the company was planning to build in Balongan, the source said, without giving more details.

Pertamina also runs a residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at the same site, which can produce around 250,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

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