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Indonesia's Chandra Asri mulls major capacity expansion

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 11/10/2016 (15:15)
According to market sources, Indonesia’s Chandra Asri is mulling over an expansion and debottlenecking of its naphtha-fed steam cracker at Cilegon and downstream derivative plants over 2019-2025.

Vice president of corporate relations Suhat Miyarso, stated that the company may boost its ethylene and propylene production capacity from 860,000 tons/year to 2 million tons/year and from 470,000 tons/year to 1.09 million tons/year about 2025, respectively.

He also reported that the company will increase its butadiene production to 137,000 tons/year from 100,000 tons/year in 2019 while the polyethylene capacity is expected to increase from 336,000 tons/year to 736,000 tons/year around 2020. However, the company is also considering expanding its PE capacity from 800,000 tons/year to 1.536 million tons/year by 2025.

Chandra will also boost its PP capacity from 480,000 tons/year to 560,000 tons/year by 2025 with a debottlenecking process. Building of an aromatics plant or benzene extraction plant is currently planned by the company. The company imports all its benzene demand. With this project, 400,000 tons/year of pyrolysis gasoline can be used to make benzene for its 100,000 tons/year styrene monomer plant.
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