Petronas Labuan methanol unit shut due to technical problem

04 May 2009 05:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Petroliam Nasional (PETRONAS) has not decided the restart date of its 660,000 tonne/year methanol unit at Labuan, East Malaysia, which was shut down on 27 April due a technical problem, a company source said on Monday.

The source said it was not clear when the problem would be resolved. The plant is scheduled for debottlenecking in the third quarter for 3 months.

Separately, the newly built 1.7m tonne/year methanol unit at the same site was also experiencing erratic production, the source said.

Smooth production from the two Labuan plants - with a combined capacity of 2.36m tonnes/year - could only be expected towards the end of this year, the source added.

Both the plants are projects of PETRONAS subsidiary - PETRONAS Methanol (Labuan) Sdn Bhd (PML).

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