South Korean firm plans ethylene capacity expansion

Korea Petrochemical Industry Co. Ltd. (KPIC), Seoul, has let a contract to Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS) to supply power generation technology and equipment as part of a broader project designed to expand ethylene production capacity at its 470,000-tonne/year Onsan Naphtha Cracking Center (NCC) in Ulsan, South Korea.

MHPS will deliver its proprietary gas-fired H-25 turbine, as well as a generator, to expand capacity of NCC’s in-house power generation system in order to accommodate KPIC’s plan to nearly double ethylene production at Onsan, MHPS said.

Capable of using methane off-gas derived from NCC to fuel the Onsan plant, the new power generation system is scheduled to be commissioned in June 2017, according to the service provider.

A value of the contract was not disclosed.

MHPS, which supplied the Onsan plant with its first H-25 gas turbine in 2006, said KPIC intends to boost NCC’s ethylene production capacity to 800,000 tpy.

A startup timeframe for the proposed ethylene expansion, however, has yet to be disclosed.

In addition to ethylene, KPIC’s produces the following:

· Propylene, 350,000 tpy.

· Benzene, 110,000 tpy.

· Toulene, 55,000 tpy.

· m-Xylene, 35,000 tpy.

· Ethylene oxide-ethylene glycol, 200,000 tpy.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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