Thailand's IRPC runs aromatics unit despite upstream plant shutdown

10 June 2014 04:27 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s Integrated Refinery Petrochemical Complex (IRPC) is still operating its aromatics unit in Rayong, despite a fire erupting at its site on Monday evening, a company source said on Tuesday.

“The aromatics plant is not directly affected by the fire,” the source said, adding that the company is still discussing whether to shut it or reduce operating rates.

The aromatics plant has a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 70,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 140,000 tonnes/year mixed xylenes (MX), the source said.

Prior to the fire, the aromatics plant was running at 70%, the source added.

The company did not confirm which facility caught fire, but its deep fluid catalytic cracking (DCC) unit was shut soon after.

Several market players are expecting the aromatics unit to shut since the upstream DCC unit has been taken off line.

The number of June toluene lots IRPC has for export remains unclear, the company source said.

By Sheau Ling Ong