26 February 2013 02:55 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Yeochun NCC (YNCC) will continue running its 240,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) extraction unit at a reduced rate of 90% capacity in March, instead of shutting it for repairs, a company source said on Tuesday.
“It is difficult to shut down the BD unit earlier because of the delivery of maintenance equipment and term contract obligations,” the source added.
The company said previously that it might shut down the BD unit earlier than its original maintenance schedule in May, because of a contamination or fouling issue.
“We will monitor the situation step by step,” the source said.
The BD unit developed the issue on 8 February and has been running at a reduced rate since then, according to the source.
YNCC has three crackers with a total ethylene capacity of 1.9m tonnes/year, but only its No 1 cracker has a BD extraction unit.
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