Thailand’s ROC plans November turnaround at aromatics plant

24 September 2010 08:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s Rayong Olefins Co (ROC) plans to shut its aromatics plant in Mab Ta Phut in mid-November for regular maintenance, a company source said on Friday.

The unit, which produces 160,000 tonne/year of benzene and 80,000 tonnes/year of toluene, would be off line for about 30-40 days, with the restart expected around the third week of December, the source added.

ROC is a joint venture between Thailand’s largest conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG) and US chemical giant Dow Chemicals.

SCG and Dow also operate Mab Ta Phut Olefins Co (MOC), which runs a 900,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker and an aromatics plant at the same site.

The cracker started up in March while production at the aromatics unit commenced in May, the source said.

The new aromatics plant has the capacity to produce 160,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 80,000 tonnes/year of toluene and about 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent grade xylene, he added.

The company was selling solvent xylene on spot basis, while benzene and toluene were mostly sold on contract formula basis, the source added.

Some of the other key producers of aromatics in Thailand are PTT and IRPC.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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