9, bound for South Korea with a cargo of propylene tetramer
, a petroleum additive.
It is produced through a reaction between benzene and propylene tetramer, to be processed further to produce alkyl benzene sulfonate--as the basic material for detergent and other washing materials.
It also has unit to convert paraffin into olefin called Paraffin Convert to Olefin (PACOL) units with production capacity of 120,000 tons a year of linear alkyl benzene (LAB), and other production units to produce branch alkyl benzene (BAB), which is produced through a reaction between benzene and propylene tetramer.
It is produced through a reaction between benzene and propylene tetramer and the result of the reaction is processed further to turn out alkyl benzene sulfonate--as a feedstock of detergent and other cleaning materials.
Propylene tetramer is replaced with paraffin both imported.
Other production units produce branch alkyl benzene (BAB), which is produced through a reaction between benzene and propylene tetramer.
Before the operation of the PACOL production unit in 1997, propylene tetramer requirement to produce alkyl benzene (AB) was entirely supplied through imports.
The production process involves a reaction between benzene and propylene tetramer which needs further processing to become alkyl benzene sulfonat as a raw substance for detergent and other washing material.
Employing the Pacol unit has enabled the company to ensure efficiency by minimizing the import of propylene tetramer which has been replaced by import of paraffin.
In 1999, the detergent industry's output is expected to decline further as indicated by the fact that the import volume of the basic materials, namely banezne and propylene tetramer
, has been shrinking.
Similarly, the volume of propylene tetramer
imports for all of 1997 was 61,408 tons, averaging 5,117.
Until the commencement of UIC's Pacol unit in 1997, propylene tetramer
was procured entirely from import sources.