S Korea's LG Chem delays Daesan phenol/acetone plant start up

15 January 2013 01:22  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--South Korea’s LG Chem has postponed the start-up of its new phenol/acetone plant in Daesan to early February from mid-January due to weather, a company source said on Tuesday.

Start up of the Daesan plant, which has a phenol nameplate capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year and an acetone nameplate capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year, has been postponed because of freezing winter weather conditions, the source added.

"It would be impossible to start phenol production before the end of January," the source said. "We are aiming for an early-February commissioning of the Daesan plant."

Meanwhile, the company has achieved output of cumene, which is a feedstock for phenol/acetone made from benzene and propylene.

The producer’s downstream bisphenol-A (BPA) plant in Daesan has a nameplate capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year.

LG Chem’s existing phenol/acetone plant in Yeosu can produce 300,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 180,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

The company’s No 1 and No 2 BPA units in Yeosu have a combined capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year.

By: Trisha Huang

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