S Korea's HC Petrochemical restarts No 1, No 2 aromatics units

16 May 2013 04:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Hyundai Cosmo (HC) Petrochemical restarted both its No 1 and No 2 aromatics units in Daeson earlier in the week, a company source said on Thursday.

The company recently shut its No 2 aromatics unit on 2 May because of mechanical issues at an exchange chamber, while the No 1 aromatics unit was shut on 15 April for a scheduled turnaround.

The No 2 aromatics unit is able to produce 800,000 tonnes/year of pararxylene (PX) and 120,000 tonnes/year of benzene, while the No 1 aromatics unit can produce 380,000 tonnes/year of PX and 120,000 tonnes/year of benzene.

According to the source, the company started the restart process at the beginning of the week, and have currently achieved on-spec production.

“HC Petrochemical plans to ramp up production capacity to normal rates on a step-by-step basis,” the source added without further elaboration.

The impact of the production loss was kept at minimum during the period of time, the source said.

About 3,000 tonnes of benzene was lost during the outage at the No 2 aromatics unit, market players said.

Additional reporting by Ong Sheau Ling

By: Samuel Wong

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