Indonesia's Chandra Asri plans to commence commercial production of aromatics by 2010. This plant will enable the company secure benzene feedstock for Styrindo Mono Indonesia's styrene monomer plant, that it has recently acquired. Chandra Asri has purchased Styrindo, the only ethylene complex operator in Indonesia, from Japanese company Toyota Tsusho. Styrindo is mulling production of butadiene as well as boosting its propylene output by utilizing olefins conversion technology.
Styrindo operates a 340,000 tpa styrene monomer plant with two production lines in Bojonegara in Java, Indonesia. Chandra Asri aims to construct a 20 km long ethylene pipeline to link Bojonegara and its ethylene facility at Merak. The pipeline is slated for completion Q2-2008.
These steps are part of Chandra Asri's plans to strengthen the company's position in the petrochemicals market.