S Korea’s Hanwha Chemical delays oxo plant’s turnaround to end-March

08 March 2013 07:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical has postponed the annual maintenance for its oxo-alcohols plant in Yeosu from early March to end of the month, a company source said on Friday.

The unit, which has a nameplate capacity of 110,000 tonne/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) and 10,000 tonne/year of n-butanol (NBA) will be off line for only one week from end-March, the source added.

The company initially planned to shut the plant in early March for two weeks for the turnaround.

“Inventories are tight, thus we need to build up stock levels and we decided to optimise the usage of the catalyst before it is changed,” the source said.

Hanwha Chemical has further plans to take the plant off line in early May for a catalyst change that is expected to last for two weeks, according to the source.

By: Samuel Wong

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