Thailand's HMC Polymers delays new PP plant commercial run

28 September 2009 11:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s HMC Polymers has delayed commercial production at its 300,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at Mab Ta Phut due to a shortage of on-site feedstock propylene, sources close to the company said on Monday.

"The new PP plant was started up in September for trial production but was shut shortly afterwards due to the feedstock shortage," one of the sources said.

The company had been unable to start up its new 300,000 tonne/year propylene dehydrogenation (PDH) unit. This unit was expected to supply feedstock propylene to the new PP plant, one of the sources said.

Company officials were not available for comment.

The new PP plant would start commercial production when the new PDH unit comes on stream, one of the sources said, without giving any specific dates for the start-up.

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