Aromatics Oman restarts Sohar plant, nears on-spec aroms output

23 November 2010 07:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Aromatics Oman (AOL) restarted its Sohar-based facility late last week, with the aromatics plant nearing on-spec production of benzene and paraxylene (PX), market sources said on Tuesday.

“They’ve reached on-spec production of naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and aromatics are next on the list,” said one of the sources.

The facility was brought back on stream on 19-20 November, representing a delay of more than three weeks from the original restart schedule, market sources said.

Aromatics Oman shut the plant on 15 October after running through mechanical problems, with the downtime only expected to last two to three weeks. The force majeure declared on 19 October on November PX shipments had remained in place at the time of writing.

The company was expected to do delivery of December PX, market sources said.

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