The main aromatics products are paraxylene and benzene, which are important raw materials for a wide range of petrochemical intermediaries, and are used to produce a variety of consumer goods.
The Aromatics Plant also makes other by-products, such as Light Straight Run Naphtha, liquid petroleum gas, raffinate and heavy aromatic.
All these by-products are widely used either as finished products or as intermediates for further downstream processing or blending purposes.
Paraxylene is primarily used as a basic raw material in the manufacture of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and di-methyl-terephthalate (DMT). PTA and DMT are used to manufacture poly-ethylene terephthalate (PET) and a variety of polyesters and polymers.
Polyesters are used to produce yarn, fibres and films.
PET bottles are widely used for carbonated beverages because of good carbon dioxide barrier properties. In addition, they are light-weight, shatter-resistant and possess high tensile strength.
Benzene is a key basic chemical for the manufacture of a wide range of intermediate products, including cyclo-hexane, used to make nylon. Benzene is also used to make ethyl benzene styrene monomer which is used to manufacture polystyrene and rubber products. Benzene can also be used to make cumene and phenol which are used in health care products and is a basic raw material for linear alkyl benzene, used to manufacture soaps and detergents.