Power failure shuts YNCC's Yeosu No 1 cracker, downstream units

22 February 2011 10:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea's YNCC suffered a power failure at its Yeosu complex that shut its 857,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker, along with some of its other downstream plants, late Tuesday afternoon, company sources said.

The cracker, as well as YNCC's aromatics unit, styrene monomer plant and butadiene unit halted operations at 5.30 pm Korea time (08:30 GMT), they said.

The company’s aromatics unit can produce 140,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 80,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 50,000 tonnes/year of solvent grade xylene.

Its SM unit has a 285,000 tonnes/year capacity, while its BD has a 240,000 tonnes/year capacity.

YNCC is currently investigating the cause of the power outage, said a company source.

There was no definite dates set on when the plants can restart, said another source.

Additional reporting by Helen Lee and Felicia Loo

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