Table - 1 Indonesia's production of benzene and PX, 1995 - 1999 (Tons) Year Benzene Growth (%) Paraxylene
Growth (%) 1995 95,260 -- 233,700 -- 1996 109,400 2.8 211,900 4.8 1997 113,800 4.0 229,200 8.1 1998 114,000 1.7 238,000 3.8 1999 96,900 -15.0 288,200 21.1 Source: Department of Industry and Trade/Data Consult Table - 2 TPPI's condensate requirement for aromatic center Description Volume (barrel per day) Imports North West Shelf (NWS) 15,000 Laminaria 15,000 Condensate from Pertamina: Handil (Pertamina/Total) 40,000 Poleng (Pertamina/Kodeco) * 20,000 Sumatra (Pertamina/Santa Fe) 10,000 Total 100,000 * 80 km from Tuban, supply through under water pipeline to be increased to 20,000 barrels per day in December 2001.
The state company faced difficulty to raise cash to repay debt as the prices of paraxylene
and benzene dropped in international market in 1998 and 1999 following the regional crisis.
The import duty on olefin products ethylene and propylene is 15% to protect the domestic producers, but benzene and paraxylene
are exempted from import tariff barrier.
, also known as P-Xylene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, and an isomer of xylene compound, is derived from dimethylbenzene.
[ClickPress, Thu Jun 06 2019] Paraxylene
is an aromatic hydrocarbon, which is used as feedstock to manufacture industrial chemicals, notably purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT).
Further, Omani refineries exported 33,000 tonnes of benzene in the first two months of 2019, while exports of paraxylene
and polypropylene stood at 102,000 tonnes and 48,000 tonnes, respectively.
"I would like to extend utmost gratitude to all TKSC's shareholders, EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Kuwait Paraxylene
Production Company (KPPC) and The Kuwait Olefins Company (TKOC), public institutions and customers for their continued support throughout our remarkable journey," Al-Munaifi concluded.
As far as petrochemicals are concerned, production of polypropylene by Orpic for the first 10 months of 2018 fell by 5 per cent to 207,000 tonnes while output of paraxylene
and benzene rose by 8 per cent and 1 per cent to 570,000 tonnes.
When the complex is completed in 2022, it will produce 1.2 million metric tons per year of paraxylene
, which is used to make plastic resins, films, and fibers.
The shipment, which contains 25,000 metric tonnes of paraxylene
(PX) and 20,000 metric tonnes of monoethylene glycol (MEG), marks the completion of Phase II of the Petro Rabigh Company (PRC) project, which was celebrated at a special ceremony in the presence of Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of BahriCA, Nasser D.
Nejad-Salim told reporters that except the damaged unit, all the facility have resumed operation.He said production in the paraxylene
unit will resumed operations by next year once two new towers, being 60 meters high, come on stream.
Officials at the plant said they suspected a leakage of paraxylene
, a highly flammable hydrocarbon, caused the fire, but they were awaiting a full investigation.