Corrected: S Korea’s LG Chem sets Apr, Sept shutdown for aromatics units

22 February 2013 05:15  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined "S Korea’s LG Chem sets Apr, Sept shutdown for aromatics units" dated 22 February 2013, please read in the second paragraph ... Yeosu-based ... instead of ... Daesan-based .... and in the third paragraph ... In Daesan ... instead of ... In Yeosu ... A corrected story follows, with recast fourth paragraph.

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s LG Chem will be shutting down its aromatics facilities  in Daesan and Yeosu for 12-15 days for catalyst change and process enhancement, a company source said on Friday.

The Yeosu-based aromatics unit – which has a nameplate capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 96,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 36,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylenes – will be shut for 12 days in April, the source said.

In Daesan, LG Chem’s aromatics plant and hydrodealkylation (HDA) unit that have a combined nameplate capacity of 200,000 tonnes/year of benzene; 48,000 tonnes/year of toluene; and 36,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylenes, will be taken off line in September for 15 days, the source said.

Currently, only the Yeosu-based unit is producing toluene. The Daesan-based plant may resume toluene production in 2014, the source said.

In March, LG Chem will start introducing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the feedstock mix for production given high naphtha costs.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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