Thailand's PTT Chemical plans trials at LLDPE plant, cracker

25 August 2009 06:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s PTT Chemical plans to start trial production at its new linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant and at its new ethane cracker, both located at Mab Ta Phut, in October, a company source said on Tuesday.

The source didn’t know what delayed trial production at the 400,000 tonne/year LLDPE unit, originally scheduled for August-September and why the 1m tonne/year new cracker was starting up around one month ahead of schedule.

The firm would have extra ethylene for the LLDPE trial runs as its existing 250,000 tonnes/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant would be shut from early October to mid November for maintenance, the source said.

The HDPE unit’s capacity would be expanded to 300,000 tonnes/year during the turnaround, the source added.

The company’s new 250,000 tonne/year HDPE plant at the same site, which would be operated by its wholly owned subsidiary Bangkok Polyethylene, was scheduled to start trial production in mid November, the source said.

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