APIC ’09: Thai PTTCH brings forward cracker, HDPE start-ups

14 May 2009 10:55  [Source: ICIS news]

SEOUL (ICIS news)--PTT Chemical (PTTCH), Thailand’s largest olefins producer, has brought forward the start-ups of its new ethane cracker and high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Mab Ta Phut to November this year, a company source said on Thursday.

The start-ups of the 1m tonne/year ethane cracker and 250,000 tonne/year HDPE plant were originally scheduled for early-2010 as the company had expected the supply of feedstock ethane to be tight in the second half of this year.

The plans were changed as concerns about tight ethane supply eased, said the source on the sidelines of the two-day Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference 2009 (APIC '09) in Seoul.

The new HDPE plant will be operated by its wholly owned subsidiary Bangkok Polyethylene.

The start-up of PTTCH’s two other new PE facilities at the same site was on schedule, he said.

Its 400,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant would start trial production in August-September this year, and its new 300,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) plant will come on stream in February-March next year, he said.

PTTCH’s existing 250,000 tonne/year (HDPE) plant at the same site will be shut in the second half of August for 45 days to be expanded to 300,000 tonnes/year, he added.

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