BP Petronas' acetic acid unit faces intermittent shutdowns

23 March 2009 11:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--BP Petronas Acetyls (BPPA) has been shutting its 535,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant at Kerteh, Trengganu, Malaysia, intermittently since mid-March due to supply issues with the feedstock carbon monoxide (CO), a company official said on Monday.

“Our production has been affected intermittently by electrical trips at the upstream CO unit since mid-March,” the official said. “We are currently operating at reduced rates of 60-70% as operations at the CO unit have been kept at a safe level to prevent further trips.”

Acetic acid operations could be interrupted again until the root cause of the problem at the CO plant has been determined and addressed, the source said.

The official declined to reveal the output loss resulting from the intermittent shutdowns.

BP Petronas Acetyls is a joint venture between BP and Petronas.

Major acetic acid producers in Asia include Celanese, BP, Jiangsu Sopo, Shanghai Wujing, CPDC, GNFC and Daicel Chemical Industries.

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