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TPPI to resume aromatics production after year-long break

September 18/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indonesia's TPPI to resume aromatics production after year-long break, said Chemweek.

TPPI plans to resume paraxylene 550,000 tonnes/year, benzene 360,000 tonnes/year production by end-September.

According to market sources, benzene, p-xylene margins already under pressure in region due to ample supply.

As it was written earlier, Indonesia's Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) in June 2019 switched production setting at its Tuban unit to gasoline mode, instead of aromatics. The paraxylene (PX) line, with a capacity of 550,000 tonnes/year, was previously restarted in end of the third quarter 2018, following strong production margins. The decision to switch away from aromatics production is likely largely a result of declining margins.

PX is a feedstock for the production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA). PTA is used to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which, in its turn, is used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles, films, packaging containers, in the textile and food industries.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PET consumption totalled 367,720 tonnes in the first six months of 2020, up by 19% year on year. Russian companies processed 62,910 tonnes in June.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:paraxylene (PX), petrochemistry, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms, Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI).
Category:General News
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