Thailand’s Siam Cement to shut aromatics unit for turnaround

08 January 2013 03:34  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand-based Siam Cement Group (SCG) plans to shut its joint venture’s Map Ta Phut Olefins Co (MOC)’s aromatics unit in November or December for a 45-day scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Tuesday.

MOC’s aromatics plant is able to produce 160,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 80,000 tonnes/year of toluene and about 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent grade xylene, the source said.

MOC is a joint venture between SCG and Rayong Olefins Co (ROC).

At the same site in Map Ta Phut, ROC will skip its turnaround this year at its aromatics facility, the source added.

ROC’s aromatics unit produces 160,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 80,000 tonnes/year of toluene, she said

In 2013, SCG has contracted all its toluene output on term contracts and will not have any spot material to offer, she added.

Other key aromatics producers in Thailand are PTT and IRPC.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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