15 September 2011 11:32 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s state-owned refiner Pertamina is targeting to start up its new 178,000 tonne/year propylene facility at Balongan, West Java, in early November, said a source close to the company on Thursday.Trial runs at the ROPP (RCC [residual catalytic cracking] off-gas to propylene) unit were earlier postponed because of a mechanical fault, the source said.
Separately, Pertamina is planning to run its RCC unit at the same site at 60-70% of capacity for the rest of this month after some chemical cleaning was done at the refinery, the source said.
The RCC has a nameplate propylene capacity of 250,000-260,000 tonnes/year, but usually produces around 200,000 tonnes of the monomer on an annual basis.
The unit has been running at a reduced rate of around 60% since the end of August because of mechanical issues.
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