S Korea’s SKC to shut HPPO unit in Ulsan on 13 September

07 September 2012 09:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s SKC Corp will shut its hydrogen peroxide-to-propylene oxide (HPPO) plant on 13 September for debottlenecking, a company source said on Friday.

The plant located at Ulsan has a current nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year. A new catalyst will be added to boost the unit’s annual PO output by 30% to 130,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

The process is likely to take around 10 days or longer, until the unit resumes commercial operations successfully, the source said.

During the shutdown of the HPPO plant, the company’s 175,000 tonne/year propylene oxide (PO)/styrene monomer (SM) plant in Ulsan will stay fully operational, according to the company source.

Additional reporting by Vikki Shen in Shanghai

By: Jingyi Chan
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