24 November 2006 09:46 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s (FPCC) 180,000 tonnes/year high density polyethylene (hdPE) line at Linyuan, Taiwan, is expected to lower its operating rates in January due to reduced on-site ethylene supply, a company source said on Friday.
Its ethylene supply will be reduced by around 20% when its supplier, Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC), shuts its No 3 naphtha cracker for repairs, the source said.
The hdPE plant is expected to run at around 80% capacity during this period, but its January supply will not be seriously affected as it can still produce from its other plants, he added.
FPCC’s three other hdPE plants in Mailiao have a combined 320,000 tonnes/year capacity.
ICIS news reported earlier that the cracker was scheduled to shut on 3 January for 22-23 days for repairs to its compressor.
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