S Korea's Lotte Chem to shut Daesan aromatics unit on 7 Aug

05 August 2014 08:39 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea's Lotte Chemical will shut its Daesan-based aromatics unit on 7 August for catalyst regeneration, a company source said on Tuesday.

The Daesan-based aromatics unit has a nameplate capacity to produce 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 120,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 60,000 tonnes/year of solvent xylene (SX), the source said.

“Because of the turnaround, we have to buy benzene,” he said.

The plant will remain off line for eight days, the source said. The shutdown will result in the loss of two cargoes of 3,000 tonnes of benzene each, he added.

Its Yeosu-based unit is still running at reduced operations due to pygas feedstock shortage, he said.

The Yeosu-based aromatics plant has a nameplate capacity to produce 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 84,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 60,000 tonnes/year of SX.

By Ong Sheau Ling