South Korea’s YNCC runs No 1 BTX at about 85% after restart

07 March 2011 02:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korean aromatics producer Yeochun NCC (YNCC) is operating its No 1 benzene, toluene, xylene (BTX) unit at around 85% after restarting it on 25 February due to an outage at the cracker, said a company source on Monday.

The company was forced to take the No 1 cracker and downstream units off line because of a power failure at the Yeosu complex on 22 February.

No further confirmation was available.

YNCC had planned to shut the No 1 BTX unit from the beginning of April for a month-long turnaround, the source added.

YNCC produces 140,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 80,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 50,000 tonnes/year of solvent grade xylene.

The company also operates two other BTX units at Yeosu. The three units operated by YNCC are running at a total of over 90%, the source added.

Some of the other key South Korean aromatics producers are SK Energy and GS Caltex.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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