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Pakistan to build the countrys first aromatics facility

June 09/2011

(ICIS) -- Byco Oil Pakistan Ltd (BOPL) is building the countrys first aromatics facility, which is expected to come on line by the middle of 2013, a senior company executive said on Thursday. The facility will produce about 100 KTa of benzene, 92 KTa of paraxylene (PX), 80 KTa of isomer-grade mixed xylene (MX) and 50 KTa of orthoxylene (OX), said Mohammad Wasi Khan, president of chemical manufacturing at BOPL.

The plant will be located at the same site in the Hubco coastal area of the Arabian Sea, which is about 50 km from Karachi, where Byco operates a 35.000 bbl/day refinery.

BOPL is also building a 120.000 bbl/day refinery at the same site and expects to bring it on line in the fourth quarter of 2011, Khan said.

The new refinery will provide the naphtha feedstock needed for its aromatics facility.

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