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GS Caltex shuts CCR after transformer fire early Wednesday

August 04/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire broke out at a motor control center transformer at South Korean producer GS Caltex's refinery and petrochemical complex at Yeosu early Wednesday morning, reported Apic-online with reference to market sources.

This has led to the shutdown of the No. 2 continuous catalytic reformer, the sources added.

A source close to the company said that a Parex unit, which separates paraxylene from mixed xylenes, was also shut, while the toluene disproportionation unit and other toluene-to-PX units were operating as usual. If the No. 2 CCR, one of two CCRs, remains shut for a long time, the company would have to consider cutting the operating rates of the TDP unit and other toluene-to-PX units as well, the source said.

The company refused to comment, only saying that it was waiting for a detailed report from the plant management. It could only comment after receiving the report, the company source said.

As MRC informed before, in 2013, CB&I was awarded a contract by GS Caltex for the license, basic engineering and catalyst supply for a new paraxylene (PX) unit to be built in Yeosu, Korea. The unit will use the BP paraxylene technology, exclusively licensed by CB&I, and will have a world-scale design capacity. Start-up was expected in 2016.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PET, ksilol, paraxylene (PX), PET-granulate, terephthalic acid, packaging, GS Caltex, South Korea.
Category:General News
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