Indonesia's Pertamina starts up new Balongan propylene unit

23 January 2013 11:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s state-owned refiner Pertamina is now running its new 178,000 tonne/year propylene facility at Balongan in West Java during the weekend of 19-20 January, a company source said on Wednesday.

The residual catalytic cracking off-gas to propylene (ROPP) unit is already producing on-spec propylene, but the output is currently estimated at 7,500 tonnes per month, slightly less than the initial projection of 9,000 tonnes per month. He did not elaborate further.

The start-up of the ROPP unit was previously delayed several times because of technical problems.

Pertamina also operates a residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at the site. The unit is still producing around 200-250 tonnes of propylene per day – less than half its usual output – because of problems with heat exchanger, the source said.

Reduced output from the RFCC is expected to last until May, the source said.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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