BANGKOK, June 17 Esso (Thailand), a
unit of Exxon Mobil Corp, said on Tuesday it has shut
down its naphtha hydrofiner and aromatic plant for 21 days from
June 14 to improve refinery efficiency and reliability.
The shutdown, which came after the slowdown in the
production of a cracking unit and catalytic reformer, would
reduce output of its 177,000 barrel-per-day refinery by about
10,000 bpd, the refiner said.
Its aromatic capacity run rate will be cut by 24,000 tonnes
in the second quarter during the shutdown period, it said.
To offset the impact from the maintenance, the company has
built up and secured inventory and product for continuous supply
during the period, it said.
(Reporting by Khettiya Jittapong; Editing by Erica Billingham)