Indonesia’s Pertamina delays new propylene unit start-up to 2013

06 July 2012 08:21  [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 2013, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The company had earlier pushed back the start up of the residual catalytic cracking off-gas to propylene (ROPP) unit several times because of technical problems.

However, the source did not comment on the reason for the delay of the unit start-up to next year.

Pertamina is currently running its residual catalytic cracker (RCC) at the same site at around 70% capacity. This unit has a nameplate propylene capacity of 250,000-260,000 tonnes/year.

Separately, the producer has issued a tender on 5 July to sell two spot propylene cargoes loading in the second half of July on a floating basis.

The tender closes on 9 July, the source added.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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