South Korea’s YNCC on track to shut Yeosu BTX unit next week

16 March 2012 06:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korean producer Yeochun NCC (YNCC) is on track to take off line its Yeosu-based No 2 unit producing benzene, toluene and solvent xylene (BTX) from next week for scheduled turnaround, a company source said on Friday.

The facility will be shut from 20 March for a month, and is expected to restart production on 20 April, he added.

The unit can produce 120,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 60,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 40,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene.

The producer runs two other aromatics facilities at the same location.

This shutdown will be accompanied with turnarounds at fellow Korean producers, Honam Petrochemical and SK Global Chemical’s units, in the March-April period, the source added.

Due to the slew of turnarounds, supply of toluene in South Korea was expected to be tight during this period, said industry sources.

By: Mahua Chakravarty
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