SK Energy runs No 2 cracker at 90% due to furnace maintenance

20 June 2012 04:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s SK Energy has reduced the operating rate of its 690,000 tonne/year No 2 naphtha cracker at Ulsan to 90% capacity since mid-June as it is carrying out furnace maintenance at the facility, a company source said on Wednesday.

The cracker is expected to run at the above reduced rate for around 10 days, he said, adding that the plant was operating at 100% capacity prior to the production cut.

Similarly, the company will adjust the No 2 cracker operating rate to 90% in July to carry out the furnace maintenance for the same duration although the specific dates have yet to be finalised, the source said.

SK Energy also runs a smaller 190,000 tonne/year No 1 naphtha cracker at the same site that is operating at 70% capacity this month after the producer reduced the production rate in the second half of May due to squeezed margins.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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