As the companies prepare to ramp up production, they have purchased large volumes of spot naphtha, lifting prices in the region to their highest in months, trade sources said.
“There is more demand (for naphtha). All these crackers are recovering and returning to the market,” one of the sources said.
Petrochemicals producers across Asia are increasing output on the back of strong margins, the sources said.
Lotte Chemical began test runs at its 1.1 million tpy cracker in early December and plans to resume commercial production later this month, a company official said. The plant has been shut since March after a fire.
LG Chem plans to restart its cracker in Yeosu between the middle and end of January, a company official said. The cracker, which can produce 1.2 million tpy of ethylene, was shut in November after a fire.
A third petrochemical producer, YNCC, aims to restart one of its crackers in Yeosu on 14 January, a company official said, after the completion of maintenance and the planned expansion of the facility.
A second company official said the expansion is expected to be completed in January, raising the facility’s capacity by 335 000 tpy to 915 000 tpy.
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