Maintenance updates on PE plants, cracker in S Korea
South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical is planning to shut its LDPE and LLDPE plants in Yeosu. The lines will be shut gradually, sources said. The company’s 120,000 tons/year LDPE line will reportedly be shut in April for eight days; the 100,000 tons/year LDPE line will be shut in May 9 for three weeks while the 110,000 tons/year LDPE line will be taken offline in May 11 for 17 days. The company’s 110,000 tons/year LLDPE line in Yeosu will also be shut in April for five days.
South Korea’s KPIC will also shut its cracker in Ulsan due to a scheduled maintenance in mid-April until the end of May 2017. The cracker has a production capacity of 470,000 tons/year of ethylene and 230,000 tons/year of propylene.
A company source reported that during the planned shutdown, the company’s ethylene production capacity will be raised from 470,000 tons/year to 800,000 tons/year while its propylene capacity will be increased from 230,000 tons/year to 500,000 tons/year.
The company also plans a maintenance shutdown at its HDPE line at Ulsan in April. The 530,000 tons/year plant is expected to be taken offline for 45 days.
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