Indonesia’s Pertamina eyes higher propylene output in April-May

14 February 2013 08:14  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indonesia’s state-owned refiner Pertamina is expected to run its propylene facilities in Balongan at higher rates by April-May but is unlikely to have any spot cargoes for export, a company source said on Thursday.

Propylene output from Pertamina’s new 178,000 tonne/year residual catalytic cracking off-gas to propylene (ROPP) unit at Balongan in West Java, remains at 7,500 tonnes/month but this is expected to be raised to 9,000 tonnes/month by April-May, he said.

Pertamina also operates a residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at the site. The unit is still producing 6,000-7,500 tonnes of propylene per month – less than half its usual output – because of problems with its heat exchanger. However, production should increase in April when the equipment is replaced by then, the source said.

“We will have no propylene for export as we would still have to fulfill the outstanding supplies to our term customers,” the source said.

Pertamina has term contracts with domestic polypropylene (PP) producers Polytama Propindo through local plastics distribution company Bukitmega Masabadi, as well as Chandra Asri.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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