S Korea’s GS Caltex delays restart of Yeosu FCC unit on tech woes

10 April 2013 11:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SEOUL (ICIS)--South Korea’s second largest refiner GS Caltex has delayed restarting production at its vacuum gas oil (VGO) fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit in Yeosu as technical issues are still being ironed out, a company source said on Wednesday.

The FCC, which can produce around 250,000 tonnes/year of propylene, was shut for maintenance on 2 April.

"The plant was supposed to restart today but there is some delay," the source said.

It remains unclear when the plant will actually resume production.

The FCC unit was started up on 14 March, with the plant’s propylene output mainly exported on a term or spot basis.

GS Caltex also operates a residual fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit at the same site that can produce around 220,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

The bulk of the RFCC unit’s propylene supply is fed to a derivative 180,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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