07 May 2013 07:02 [Source: ICIS news]
TAIPEI (ICIS)--Taiwan's state-owned CPC Corp restarted its No 3 aromatics plant in Linyuan earlier this week, a company source said on Tuesday.
The source did not state when the No 3 unit, that has a nameplate capacity of 36,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 115,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 135,000 tonnes/year of mixed xylenes (MX), was last shut.
“The increased benzene output will be delivered to our customers locally,” the source said, adding that the extra toluene quantities will be offered via a tender.
“We have yet to determine the quantity and the shipment date,” the source said.
At the meantime, CPC is running its Linyuan-based No 4 and No 5 aromatics plants and one of its two toluene disproportionation (TDP) units, but it did not specify the exact operating rates.
The No 4 aromatics plant is able to produce 135,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 65,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 40,000 tonnes/year of MX, the source said.
The No 5 aromatics plant has a nameplate capacity of 140,000 tonnes/year of benzene, the source added.
CPC’s total benzene output from the two TDP units is at 170,000 tonnes/year.
Additional reporting by Samuel Wong, Hazel Kumari and Yu Guo
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