MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lotte Chemical Titan said that its catalytic cracking reactor within its TE3 expansion project in Johor, Malaysia, has begun commercial operations, as per Apic-online.
The catalytic cracking reactor, based on KBR's cata-lytic olefins technology, is connected to an existing naphtha cracker plant.
The USD276-million project increase's ethylene production capacity by 92,000 t/y, propylene capacity by 170,000 t/y and BTX (benzene-toluene-xylene) capacity by 134,000 t/y, according to several industry sources.
In 2014, KBR said it won a contract from Lotte Titan to provide licensing and basic engineering design services to revamp an existing steam cracker in the Asia-Pacific region, in order to increase the plant's production capacity and help diversify its feedstock.
Titan has 10 production facilities located on two inte-grated industrial sites in Pasir Gudang and Tanjung Langsat in Johor.
As MRC informed before, in 2015, Lotte Chemical Corp announced that the petrochemical firm would expand its naphtha cracking centre in Malaysia at a cost of 300 billion Korean won (USD257 million). With the mechanical completion of the expansion scheduled in the second-half of 2017, Lotte Chemical Titan (M) Sdn. Bhd. will have ethylene production capacity of 812,000 tonnes per year (tpy), up 92,000 tpy from the current size.
South Korean Lotte Chemical is a global petrochemical company, established in 1976. It produces low density polyethylene (LDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene (PP), functional resins, styrene monomer (SM), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), etc.