S Korea’s Lotte Chemical to shut Daesan aromatics unit in H1 Dec

17 October 2013 09:57  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Lotte Chemical Corp plans to shut its Daesan-based aromatics plant in the first-half of December for catalyst regeneration, a company source said on Thursday.

The unit – which 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 – will be down for eight days, the source said.

Run rates at the aromatics unit was cut to 80% on 14 October from 90% previously because of tight supply of feedstock pyrolysis gas (pygas), the source said.

Lotte Chemical also reduced the run rates at its other aromatics unit in Yeosu to 70% from 100% at the same time, the source said.

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.

“Because of the lower run rates at the aromatics units, upcoming shutdown, and earlier-than-planned restart of the downstream styrene monomer (SM) plant, we had to buy some spot November and December [benzene] cargoes,” the source said.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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