S Korea’s SKGC to shut Ulsan reformer for turnaround in mid-May

26 April 2013 04:02  [Source: ICIS news]

(recasts lead to clarify which reformer is shut)

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s SK Global Chemical (SKGC) plans to shut its 27,000 bbl/day reformer at its Ulsan-based aromatics complex for a month-long turnaround beginning around 15 May, a company source said late on Thursday.

The plan is in line with SKGC’s decision to shut the aromatics unit in May.

The company operates four reformers and two toluene disproportionation (TDP) units at the site, the source said (see table below).

The smallest reformer remained shut, but the company source did not specify when the reformer was shut or will be restarted.

The other three reformers and both the TDP plants are currently running at close to full rates.

At the Ulsan site, the total nameplate capacities are at 600,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 1m tonnes/year of toluene and 1.83m tonnes/year of mixed xylenes (MX).

The reformers at the Ulsan are currently fed with a mixture of naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), a second company source said.

At the same site, the downstream cyclohexane (CX) unit will be shut at the same time as the reformer, the source said.

Plants at Ulsan aromatics complex

Nameplate capacity (bbl/day)

Reformer

30,000

Reformer

16,000

Reformer

45,000

Reformer

27,000

TDP unit

6,000

TDP unit

27,000


Author: Ong Sheau Ling



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