South Korea’s GS Caltex runs FCC unit at 60% capacity after restart

18 April 2013 03:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s GS Caltex is operating its vacuum gas oil (VGO) fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit in Yeosu at around 60% capacity after restarting the unit as planned on 14 April, a company source said on Thursday.

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

GS Caltex, the second largest refiner in South Korea, had planned to restart the plant on 10 April, but the date was pushed back as technical issues were being ironed out.

The FCC unit came on stream on 14 March, with its propylene output largely exported on a term or spot basis.

The company also operates a residual fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit at the same site.

The RFCC unit can produce around 220,000 tonnes/year of propylene and the bulk of this output is fed to a derivative 180,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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