Taiwan’s CPC delays turnaround at No 2 aroms unit to mid December

27 November 2009 04:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Taiwan’s Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) has delayed the planned maintenance of its No 2 Kaoshiung-based aromatics unit to mid December after a fire broke out at its smaller aromatics facility on Wednesday, a company source said on Friday.

There were no casualties from the accident at CPC's No 1 aromatics unit, which can produce 150,000 tonnes/year of PX, the source said.

The two aromatics facilities were supposed to undergo maintenance from 28 November to 9 December but CPC had to keep the 250,000 tonne/year plant running to fulfil term volumes due to the unexpected shutdown of the No 1 unit, the company source said.

It was still unknown how long repairs at the No 1 aromatics unit would take, he said.

Meanwhile, CPC has restarted its No 3 aromatics facility, which can produce 260,000 tonnes/year of PX, on 21 November, but on-spec material at the plant could only be expected by mid-December, the source said.

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