Philippine JG Summit buys 30,000 tonnes naphtha for new cracker

17 December 2013 04:05 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The Philippines’ JG Summit Petrochemical has bought via tender its maiden naphtha cargo of 30,000 tonnes for delivery in February, ahead of the start-up of its new cracker in Batangas in March next year, traders said on Tuesday.

Japanese trading company Marubeni sold the cargo at a premium of $14/tonne (€10.20/tonne) to Japan quotes CFR (cost & freight), they added.

The naphtha cracker – the Philippines’ first – is expected to produce 320,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 190,000 tonnes/year of propylene. It will supply feedstock to JG Summit’s 210,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plant and 190,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant in Batangas.

Meanwhile, JG Summit Petrochemical is expected to complete the expansion of its polymer facilities in Batangas by early January.

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By Felicia Loo