KP Chemical restarts PX/OX plants after brief shut down

02 November 2012 09:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s KP Chemical has restarted its No 1 and No 2 paraxylene (PX) and orthoxylene (OX) facilities in Ulsan on 2 November after an unplanned shutdown, a company source said on Friday.

The No 1 facility has a production capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year of PX and 60,000 tonnes/year of OX. The No 2 unit has a nameplate capacity of 525,000 tonnes/year of PX and 190,000 tonnes/year of OX.

Both facilities were shut on 30 October because of a blackout brought on by a power shortage, the source said.

The company plans to ramp up operating rates to 100% next week, and is currently operating at 80% capacity, the source added.

Additional reporting by Hazel Kumari

By: Samuel Wong

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