S Korea’s SKGC on track to shut No 2 PX/OX units for turnaround

15 May 2013 07:27  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s SK Global Chemicals (SKGC) is on track to shut its No 2 Ulsan-based paraxylene (PX)/orthoxylene (OX) unit in May for a scheduled turnaround, a company source said on Wednesday.

The company will shut the unit on 16 May, the source said.

The plant can produce up to 450,000 tonnes/year of PX and 100,000 tonnes/year of OX.

“The shutdown period is expected to last for 40-45 days,” the source added.

The company operates another 350,000 tonnes/year PX unit which will continue to operate during the shutdown at its No 2 PX unit, the source said.

However, SKGC’s 27,000 bbl/day reformer at its Ulsan-based aromatics complex will be shut for maintenance during the shutdown period, the source added.

The two toluene disproportionation (TDP) units at the site will continue to be in operation, the source said without further elaboration.

The company operates a 6,000 bbl/day TDP unit and a 27,000 bbl/day TDP unit.

By: Samuel Wong

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