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Turnaround season set to kick off at Asian crackers

  • 17/02/2016 (05:39)
Major crackers in Asia are preparing for maintenance shutdowns in the months ahead while some crackers are already shut. These production shutdowns are expected to lend support to spot ethylene prices across the region, for which supplies have already been limited for some time.

According to players in the region, there will be at least seven plants shut down through the end of June in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand. In the meantime, Shell’s major cracker in Singapore, which went offline in November and a force majeure was declared, is not expected to return until the second half of this year.

By the end of February, Thailand’s PTTG was planning to shut its huge cracker for a month and be back in early March. In March and April, Korea’s YNCC will undergo a maintenance shutdown for a month at its Yeochun cracker. Around the same dates, Japan’s Tosoh will shut its crackers, planning to be back only after the second half of April.

Japan’s Asahi Kasei also announced it is shutting its cracker permanently in mid-February, bringing forward the closure date from March.

This will be followed by the shutdown of Korean Lotte’s 1 million tons/year cracker in April for a turnaround slated to last until mid-May. In May, two crackers will go offline in Japan with a schedule to return to operations in July. Meanwhile, there are also 4 more shutdowns planned throughout the July-September period across the region.

Take a quick glance at ChemOrbis Production News for more detailed and up to date operation news in all regions.
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