Indonesia’s Pertamina eyes Balongan OCU start-up in October

01 September 2010 10:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesian state-owned oil firm Pertamina plans to startup its new olefins conversion unit (OCU) unit at Balongan, west Java, in October this year, a company source said on Wednesday.

The project - with a propylene nameplate capacity of 179,000 tonnes/year - was originally scheduled to start up in late July but had encountered some minor delays, he added.

The plant would receive feedstock, such as off-gases, from its Balongan refinery, according to the source.

When completed, the unit and the expansion at its residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC), would deliver an additional 700 tonnes/day (231,000 tonnes/year) of propylene, he said.

The OCU unit’s propylene output is expected to be supplied to downstream polypropylene (PP) producer Polytama Propindo’s 230,000 tonne/year unit at Merak, west Java, he added.

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By: Steve Tan
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