PETRONAS keeps PP unit shut, uses propylene for aroma chemicals

15 March 2013 03:59  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia's PETRONAS has kept its 80,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant in Kuantan shut since mid-February so that its propylene feedstock can be freed up for producing aroma chemicals, a company source said on Friday.

The aroma chemicals are produced at the plants in Kuantan operated by BASF PETRONAS Chemicals, a joint venture between PETRONAS and Germany’s BASF.

The producer decided to divert its propylene feedstock to aroma chemicals because of their higher returns, the source said.

By: Chow Bee Lin
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