India’s Haldia Petchem runs 130,000 tonne/yr benzene unit at 60%

17 January 2013 10:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--India’s Haldia Petrochemical is running its 130,000 tonne/year benzene unit at 60% because of a shortage in naphtha feedstock, a company source said on Thursday.

The unit has been running at reduced rates since the start of the month and is only expected to ramp up production after March, once sufficient naphtha feed is secured, the source said.

“Due to the low run rate, we do not have any spot [benzene] cargoes to offer,” the source said.

Haldia Petrochemical, however, will be able to meet all its domestic and overseas term contracts, the source said.

The benzene plant is not due for turnaround this year, he said.

The other Indian benzene producers are Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Indian Oil.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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