Korea's GS Caltex restarts Yeosu No 1 reformer after brief outage

11 February 2014 08:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s GS Caltex restarted its No 1 reformer in Yeosu late on Monday after a four-day outage, with the unit now running at 100%, a company source said on Tuesday.

The No 1 reformer with a benzene capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year was taken off line on the evening of 6 February following a fire that erupted at around 18:30 Singapore time (10:30 GMT) at the petrochemical site on the same day, the source said.

The fire was extinguished immediately, the source said, adding that the company’s No 2 reformer and selective toluene disproportionation (STDP) unit at the site were not affected.

The No 2 reformer and STDP unit are running at full capacity, the source said.

The outage had a negligible impact on the company’s benzene supply to customers, he said.

GS Caltex’s other TDP facility in Yeosu has been shut since beginning of February because of poor margins.

The company’s total benzene nameplate capacity in Yeosu is 900,000 tonnes/year.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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