17 May 2006 08:23 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS News)--Siam Mitsui will shut its No 3 purified terephthalic acid (PTA) line in Thailand for up to 15 days in June for repairs, a company source said on Wednesday.
The 500,000 tonne/year unit at Map Ta Phut, Rayong province, had mechanical problems in late April and was shut for a few days until early May, said the source.
He did not want to give the current operating rates, but other sources familiar with the company said it was around 80-90% of capacity.
"Therefore, there is a need to shut in June to rectify the fault," said one of the sources.
Siam Mitsui started up the line in late 2005, and had planned a week-long maintenance shutdown in May. This has now been replaced with the June turnaround.
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