Indonesia's Chandra Asri runs cracker at 90-95% for November

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

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia's Chandra Asri is currently operating its 600,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Cilegon in West Java at 90-95% capacity for November, down from close to 100% capacity in October as it has built up sufficient derivative polypropylene (PP) inventories, a company official said on Wednesday.

"The cracker is running at 90-95% since 1 November as we now have sufficient PP inventory," the official said, adding that they will control the cracker's operating capacity according to their captive consumption levels, and it will be decided in a weekly meeting if the operating capacity needs to be increased.

The official added that a 3,000 tonne ethylene cargo would be available for sale for loading in December at above $1,300/tonne FOB (free on board) southeast Asia basis although firm bids were elusive.

Chandra Asri is the sole cracker operator in Indonesia. It also operates a high density polyethylene (HDPE)/linear low density PE (LLDPE) swing facility in Cilegon that has a production capacity of 200,000-225,000 tonnes/year.

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