UpdateFormosa power outage hits 10 plants

08 April 2008 11:17  [Source: ICIS news]

(Adds updates on other plants in paragraphs 4, 8-10)

By Florence Tan

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--A power outage at Formosa Plastics Group’s petrochemical complex in Mailiao, Taiwan, on Sunday shut down a cracker and nine other plants, but production was gradually being resumed, company spokesmen said.

A feeder problem caused a power trip at 18:09 local time (10:09 GMT) that day, a Formosa Chemical & Fiber Corp (FCFC) spokesman said on Tuesday.

Part of FCFC’s No 2 styrene monomer (SM) plant and its two purified terephthalic acid (PTA) units were shut down, but operations at these plants were back to normal after power supply resumed early Monday morning, he added.

FCFC’s polypropylene (PP) facilities with a total capacity of around 450,000 tonnes a year, however, were not affected by the power outage, a company source said. Its phenol/acetone unit was also currently undergoing a 40-day turnaround.

Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC), meanwhile, was heating up its No 1 700,000 tonne/year cracker on Monday, gearing it up for a restart, company spokesman Lin Keh-Yen said. He could not say when it would resume full operations.

Other FPCC crackers were unaffected by the power outage, Lin added.

Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC) also shut down its methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant which could be restarted by next week.

Its polyvinyl chloride (PVC), ethylene dichloride (EDC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and caustic soda production units have now resumed operations and were back at full operating rates, an FPC source said.

However, the company’s epichlorohydrin (ECH) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) production were unaffected, company officials said.

Nan Ya Plastics, a major monoethylene glycol (MEG) maker at Mailiao, was unaffected by the power outage, a company source said.

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Chow Bee Lin, Helen Lee, Kew Jiahui, Anu Agarwal, Liu Xin, Clive Ong, Ng Hunwei and Hong Chou Hui contributed to this article

By: Florence Tan
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