Korean aromatics plant commissioned

Poscochem recently commissioned this 121,000 metric ton/year aromatics plant in Kwangyang, South Korea. Poscochem, a subsidiary of Pohang Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., has started up a 121,000 metric ton/year (mty) aromatics plant in Kwangyang, South Korea. The plant, designed by Krupp Koppers GmbH, Essen, Germany, uses extractive distillation to convert crude coke-oven benzole to 105,000 mty benzene and 16,000 mty toluene. The plant employs BASF AG's hydrorefining process. The olefins in the crude benzole are hydrogenated. Impurities, such as sulfur and nitrogen, are converted to gaseous components and removed in a stabilizer column. In the extractive distillation unit, the aromat...

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