Indonesia’s Pertamina keeps RCC op rate at 50% amid repairs

26 January 2012 09:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s state-owned refiner Pertamina is currently running its residual catalytic cracker (RCC) at a reduced rate of around 50% due to ongoing repairs at the facility, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

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

The RCC at Balongan was earlier running at 40-45% capacity since 16 January because of technical issues.

The ongoing repair works are expected to be completed by 1 February, the source said.

However, he said that the RCC would be shut for scheduled maintenance starting on 1 March for around 20 days.

Because of the upcoming turnaround, Pertamina is looking to import 3-5 propylene spot cargoes for any March arrival but there are no offers so far, the source added.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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