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Indonesia’s Chandra Asri restarts naphtha cracker plant, production to rise 43%

JAKARTA ( – Indonesia’s PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (IDX: TPIA) has restarted the operations of its naphtha cracker facilities following the completion of the plant’s capacity expansion project.

Chandra Asri had completed expansion works late last year to raise the cracker capacity from 600,000 tons per annum (tpa) to 860,000 tpa.On Sept. 25, 2015, it shutdown the plant to make adjustments with its machines and production facilities.

Chandra Asri Director Suryandi was quoted by on Monday that the capacity increase works have been completed and is likely to increase the Naphtha Cracker output by 43 percent.He said, its Ethylene production has now increased to 860,000 tons per annum from 600,000 prior to the expansion,  Propylene increased from 320,000 tpa to 470,000 tpa, Py-Gas from 280,000 to 400,000 tpa and Mixed C4 from 220,000 tpa to 315,000 tpa.

He said the company has to shut down the plant for 90 days in order to integrate the new cracker facilities with the existing ones. The integration process was completed 5 days earlier than originally plant.

Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) is the largest petrochemical producer in Indonesia, controlling around 60 percent of domestic market.

Its plants are located in Ciwandan, Cilegon and Puloampel, Serang in Banten province, in the western tip of the Java Island. (*)

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