S Korea's HC Petrochemical runs Daesan aromatics units at 100%

22 May 2013 05:58  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Hyundai Cosmo (HC) Petrochemical has ramped up production at its two aromatics facilities in Daesan early this week, a company source said on Wednesday.

“Both plants are running at 100% now,” the source said.

HC Petrochemical’s No 1 aromatics unit - which can produce 380,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX) and 120,000 tonnes/year of benzene - was restarted last week following a scheduled turnaround.

Its No 2 aromatics unit that has a PX nameplate capacity of 800,000 tonnes/year and a benzene capacity of 120,000 tonnes/year, also resumed operations last week following an outage caused by a technical problem.

Production loss from the outage of the No 2 unit was estimated at about 6,000-7,000 tonnes of benzene and 30,000-35,000 tonnes of PX.

“We are [trying] to allocate the quantities to our customers [after the outage],” the company source said.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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