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.
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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.
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