S Korea’s Lotte Chemical to shut Daesan aromatics unit on 8 July

02 July 2013 08:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Lotte Chemical plans to shut its aromatics unit in Daesan on 8 July for catalyst regeneration that will last 10 days, a company source said on Tuesday.

The producer is currently running its aromatics unit at 70% capacity, because of an outage at its downstream styrene monomer (SM) unit.

“Inventories at Daesan will be very high if we don’t lower the [aromatics unit’s] operating rates,” the source said.

The aromatics unit has a nameplate capacity of 360,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 120,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene.

Lotte Chemical has another aromatics plant in Yeosu with a nameplate capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 84,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene, running at full capacity, the source said.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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