Indonesia's TPPI shuts Tuban refinery due to technical glitch

Source:     Time:11 Oct 2007
ChinaOilWeb--Indonesia's Trans-Pacific Petrochemical Indotama has shut its refinery
facilities and downstream petrochemical complex in Tuban, East Java, following
a technical glitch which arose at the reformer's platformer Saturday, an
industry source said Thursday.
     The problem arose after a power failure hit the complex October 6.
"The facilities were restarted shortly after, but a new problem appeared. As
of last night, the problem was not resolved. Even if it were to restart soon,
it would take five to six days to resume full operations," the source noted.
     TPPI's Tuban facilities include a 100,000 b/d condensate splitter, a
reformer, and an aromatics unit. The splitter is capable of producing
1.065-mil mt/yr of light naphtha, and about 1.624-mil mt/year of reformate,
diesel and kerosene. Its aromatics complex can produce 550,000 mt/year of
paraxylene, 350,000 mt/year of benzene and 100,000 mt/year of orthoxylene.
Nearly all of its oil products are sold in the domestic market.
     "TPPI may declare a force majeure today," the source said, declining
to elaborate on which products would be affected.
     TPPI is a joint venture between state oil and gas company Pertamina
(15%), the local Tuban Petro (59.5%), Thailand's Siam Cement (17%), and Sojitz
and Itochu Corp of Japan with 4.25% equity each.
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