GTC Providing Aromatics Recovery Unit for Chandra Asri

Joseph C. Gentry receives a plaque commemorating the license agreement signing ceremony.

GTC Technology is licensing its GT-BTX® process for a new aromatics recovery unit for PT Chandra Asri Perkasa (CAP2) – a fully owned subsidiary of PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk. The unit is part of Chandra Asri’s second grassroots petrochemical complex to be built in Indonesia, and will extract benzene, toluene and xylenes from pyrolysis gasoline (pygas).

“This award reinforces GTC’s experience and expertise to upgrade steam cracker by-products, using the most advanced aromatics extraction technology available,’’ said Joseph C. Gentry, GTC’s Vice President, Licensing & Technology. Sashikant Madgula, GTC’s Regional Licensing Manager for Southeast Asia, added that ‘’GTC Technology continues to expand its Southeast Asia client base serving as a technology partner. Recovery of these valuable co-products is key to profitability of our client, and will also contribute to Indonesia’s economic growth.’’

The new complex will produce 1.1 MMTA Ethylene, 600 KTA Propylene, 175 KTA Butadiene, 363 KTA Benzene, 450 KTA HDPE, 300 KTA LDPE and 450 KTA PP. CAP2 will complete basic engineering design by the end of 2018.

Petrochemical products from the new petrochemical complex are targeted to reduce the country’s import of olefins and polyolefins from the current level of more than 2 million metric tons per year.

Currently, CAP holds its position as the largest integrated petrochemical producer in Indonesia with market shares approximately 52%, 24% and 29% of the domestic market in olefins, polyethylene and polypropylene, respectively.