12 March 2013 02:34 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s second largest refiner GS Caltex plans to begin the start-up process for its vacuum gas oil (VGO) fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit in Yeosu on 13 March, a company source said on Tuesday.
“We will feed in the feedstock on 13 March and expect on-spec production maybe 3-4 days later,” the source said.
The new FCC unit can produce around 250,000 tonnes/year of propylene and the bulk of the output is expected to be exported either on a contractual or spot basis, the source added.
GS Caltex also operates a residual FCC unit, which can produce around 220,000 tonnes/year of propylene, at the same site.
The bulk of the residual FCC unit’s propylene supply is fed to a derivative 180,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant.
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