South Korea’s YNCC to keep run rates at aromatics plants below 90%

13 September 2013 07:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Yeochun NCC (YNCC) plans to keep the run rates at its three aromatics units at below 90% up to November as it will use lighter feedstock at its upstream cracker, a company source said on Friday.

“We will still be feeding LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) at the cracker, so the aromatics output will stay low,” the source said.

YNCC has been running the aromatics units at reduced run rates since end-June because of the use of mixed feed.

Its No 3 aromatics unit in Yeosu is due to shut for 9-10 days from 7 October for catalyst regeneration, the source said.

The No 3 aromatics unit can produce 120,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 60,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 40,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene each. YNCC’s No 2 facility has the same production capacities for different types of aromatics.

The company’s No 1 aromatics unit, on the other hand, has a nameplate capacity of 140,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 80,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 50,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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