Aromatics Malaysia restarts Kertih aromatics plant after delay

14 June 2011 11:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Aromatics Malaysia Sdn Berhad (AMSB) has restarted its aromatics plant at Kertih in Terengganu on Tuesday following a three-week delay, a company official said on Tuesday.

“There were some technical difficulties we ran into when we tried restarting the unit on 21-25 May but those problems are now resolved and we are targeting to achieve on-spec production by 15 June,” the company source said.

AMSB can produce a total of 550,000 tonnes of paraxylene (PX) and 200,000 tonnes of benzene at its aromatics unit. The company brought the unit off line on 8 April for maintenance and safety inspections by local authorities.

“We probably will have to delay some June and July deliveries but it is unlikely we will fall short on obligated volumes,” the company official said.

The company has plans to sell a 5,000 tonne end-July loading spot lot of PX, which depends on when on-spec aromatics production can be achieved, he added.

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By: Bohan Loh
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