S Korea's LG Chem to use LPG feed at Daesan aromatics unit in Mar

21 February 2014 08:52 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s LG Chem plans to feed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into its Daesan-based aromatics unit for 15 days from the second-half of March, a company source said on Friday.

LPG will account for about 10% of the total mixed feed with naphtha during the period, the source said.

The aromatics plant is able to produce 260,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 54,000 tonnes/year of toluene, he said.

Despite the lighter feedstock, the plant’s overall aromatics output will not fall, the source said, adding that more pygas will be used for aromatics extraction to offset any production shortfall from using a lighter feed.

LG Chem also operates an aromatics facility in Yeosu that can produce 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 96,000 tonnes/year of toluene.

Both the Daesan and Yeosu aromatics facilities are currently running at full capacity, the source said.

By Ong Sheau Ling