S Korea’s Lotte Chem to shut aromatics unit in Mar/Apr for 5-7 days

07 February 2013 08:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Lotte Chem’s plans to shut its Daesan and Yeosu-based aromatics units for five to seven days in March or April for a catalyst change, a company source said on Thursday.

The exact dates will be decided later, the source added.

The aromatics unit at Daesan, which has a nameplate capacity of 360,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 120,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene, will be shut for seven days, the source said.

The Yeosu-based aromatics plant, which has a nameplate capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 84,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene, will be taken off line for five days, the source added.

Because of this brief shutdown, coupled with a lower output by 10% after starting to feed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) instead of naphtha since 1 February, Lotte Chem is seeking one or two cargoes of Benzene for March loading to Daesan.

“We have to buy some spot [benzene] for our downstream styrene monomer (SM) plant in Daesan,” he said.

LotteChem runs a 550,000 tonne/year SM plant in Daesan.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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