Yeosu-based PE, PP plants resume production after power outage

18 January 2011 03:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Most of South Korea’s polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants in Yeosu have resumed production by early Tuesday, after a power outage shut them down on Monday afternoon, industry sources said.

Hanwha Chemical restarted its three linear low density PE (LLDPE) plants with a total capacity of 379,000 tonnes/year at 08:00 hours (02:00 GMT) Korea time on Tuesday, a company source said.

Its two low density PE (LDPE) plants with a combined capacity of 327,000 tonnes/year resumed production late on Monday, the source said.

LG Chem fully restarted its 160,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) plant in Yeosu this morning, while its 300,000 tonne/year HDPE unit at the site also resumed production Monday night, said a company source.

Honam Petrochemical’s PP plants with a combined capacity of 380,000 tonnes/year and high density PE (HDPE) plants with a total capacity of 370,000 tonnes/year resumed production on 18:00-19:00 hours on Monday, a company source said.

Meanwhile, GS Caltex’s 180,000 tonne/year PP plant in Yeosu has remained shut as it suffered some technical problems following the power outage. The plant was expected to resume production on 20 January, a company source said.

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