South Korea’s Honam restarts Yeosu cracker after debottlenecking

10 April 2012 04:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical restarted its newly expanded naphtha cracker in Yeosu on 9 April following a planned shutdown since 1 March, a company official said on Tuesday.

The ethylene nameplate capacity was raised by 250,000 tonnes/year to 1m tonnes/year after the shutdown, he said.

“We achieved on-spec production for ethylene yesterday,” the official said.

He said the company has not decided if it will shut its 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker in Daesan for repairs at the end of April.

The company has been running the Daesan plant at a reduced rate of 90% capacity since late March because of mechanical problems.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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