PTTAR runs new complex at full rates after hiccups

14 November 2008 08:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s PTT Aromatics is running its new aromatics complex at full rates after minor stoppages between end-August and October, sources close to the company said on Friday.

The complex produces 363,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 616,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX).

It started up in end-August before stopping again in September for a "few days", said one of the sources.

The plants managed to stabilise operations by the end of the same month and had been running at full nameplate capacity since October, said another source.

"We’ve started exports from the new plants, as well as supplying to our downstream customers in Thailand," said a third source.

Start-up of the complex at Mab Ta Phut in Rayong province had also met some hiccups before August.

It was originally slated to come on stream in July but factors such as market conditions and teething technical issues caused a delay of almost a month, said the sources.

PTT also has an existing aromatics unit producing 460,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 560,000 tonnes/year of PX at a nearby site.

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By: Salmon Aidan Lee
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