ExxonMobil prolongs shutdown of Singapore PX, TDP units - sources

22 May 2013 11:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil’s paraxylene (PX) plant and its toluene disproportionation (TDP) unit at Jurong Island in Singapore are still down as technical problems prevented the units to resume production in mid-May, market sources said  on Wednesday.

The 450,000 tonne/year PX unit and the TDP unit were taken off line on 1 April for scheduled turnaround that is supposed to last six weeks, they said.

When asked about the issue, an ExxonMobil spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement: “It’s not our practice to discuss the operational details of our facilities.”

The company’s aromatics recovery facility at its Singapore Chemical Plant can also produce 240,000 tonne/year of benzene and 35,000 bbl/day of reformate.

ExxonMobil’s Jurong Aromatics Plant, which also in Singapore, is able to produce 330,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 420,000 tonnes/year of PX, 242,000 tonnes/’year of toluene and 206,000 tonnes/year of orthoxylene (OX).

Additional reporting by Samuel Wong and Pearl Bantillo

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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