Mitsubishi India PTA normal after restart, new line not running

26 August 2009 12:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Mitsubishi Chemical (India)’s 480,000 tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Haldia has been running normally since its restart last week, a company source said Wednesday.

“The plant is now very normal, back running,” said the source.

The facility in the West Bengal state, on the east coast of India, was brought off line in mid-July following a mechanical fault.

Force majeure was declared on August supplies, but that had since been lifted.

Meanwhile, the company was still in the process of starting up its new 800,000 tonne/year PTA line at the same site.

“That [second line] is not normal, not running still,” said the source.

The company, owned by Japanese petrochemical major Mitsubishi Chemical, had planned to start production at the new line in June, but mechanical problems prevented it from doing so.

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By: Salmon Aidan Lee
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