Indonesia’s Pertamina delays start-up of propylene unit to early '12

03 November 2011 08:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s state-owned refiner Pertamina has delayed the start-up of its new 178,000 tonne/year propylene facility at Balongan in West Java to early next year because of mechanical issues, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The company has pushed back the start up of the residual catalytic cracking off-gas to propylene (ROPP) unit several times because of such technical problems. The unit was last expected to come on stream in mid-November.

Pertamina is still running its residual catalytic cracker (RCC) at the same site at 80-85% capacity this month because of technical issues, he said.

This unit has a nameplate propylene capacity of 250,000-260,000 tonnes/year, but usually produces around 200,000 tonnes/year of the monomer.

Pertamina issued a tender during the week to buy 3,000 tonnes of the monomer because of limited propylene supplies to the domestic market. The material is to be delivered in the second half of November. The tender closes on 4 November, the source added.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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