S Korea’s Samsung to use LPG from March amid high naphtha prices

07 February 2013 02:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea's Samsung Total will start using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from March as part of its petrochemical feedstock amid high cracker operating rates and expensive naphtha prices, traders said on Thursday.

Its 1m tonne/year Daesan-based cracker, which is currently being operated at full tilt, will be using both naphtha and LPG from March, they added.

Soaring naphtha prices have prompted the partial switch in feedstock, traders said.

Open-spec second-half March contract rose to $1,022-1,025/tonne (€756.30-758.50/tonne) CFR (cost & freight) Japan on 7 February morning, driven up by tight regional supply and strong demand, according to ICIS data.

Meanwhile, Samsung will not seek any spot naphtha, traders said.

Samsung last bought a 25,000 tonne naphtha cargo in the spot market for delivery to Daesan in the first half of March, at a premium of $23-24/tonne to Japan quotes CFR.

($1 = €0.74)


By: Felicia Loo



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