S Korea's LG Chem to shut Daesan pygas extraction unit in Sept

23 August 2013 08:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s LG Chem will shut its aromatics facility in Daesan for debottlenecking on 1 September this year, a company source said on Friday.

Following the 15-day turnaround, the pygas-based extraction unit at the facility will be able to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 100,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 70,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene.

Separately, the source said that the firm’s hydro-dealkylation (HDA) facility at the same site will be shut because of poor economics.

“We do not have any plans yet as to when the HDA unit will restart,” he said.

Currently, both the HDA and pygas-based extraction unit are running at close to full tilt and are able to produce a total of 260,000 tones/year of benzene, including 54,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 24,000 tonnes/yearof solvent xylene, he added.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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