S Korea’s Lotte Chemical runs Yeosu aromatics run rate at 100%

26 September 2013 13:05  [Source: ICIS news]

BANGKOK (ICIS)--South Korea’s Lotte Chemical Corp raised the operating rates of its Yeosu-based aromatics plant to 100% over the course of this week following the purchase of feedstock pyrolysis gas (pygas), a company source said on Thursday.

The Yeosu-based unit has a nameplate capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 84,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene and was running at 90% since early August for more than a month because of lack of pygas, the source said.

“We have bought sufficient pygas up till end of October, so the plant will run at 100% until then,” he said.

However, Lotte’s Daesan-based aromatics plant continues to operate at 90% this week since the end of August because of the inability to secure more feedstock pygas, he added.

“So the average run rates of the aromatics facilities in both sites will be lower in November, if we can’t buy more pygas,” the source said.

The Daesan-based unit has a nameplate capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 132,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 72,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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