PTT’s new LLDPE unit starts production, exempt from court order

06 January 2010 04:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--PTT Chemical’s new 300,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant at Mab Ta Phut, Thailand, has started commercial production from 1 January, company sources said on Wednesday.

However, the producer was unable to start trial production at its new 250,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at Mab Ta Phut, nor utilise its recently added capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year at the same site, as these were part of the projects suspended under a court order, the sources said.

The LLDPE plant was exempted from the court order that had suspended bulk of chemical projects in the area due to environmental concerns.

“Construction of the new 250,000 tonne/year HDPE plant was completed at the end of December,” one of the sources said. He was referring to the new plant operated by PTT Chemical’s wholly owned subsidiary, Bangkok Polyethylene.

The 50,000 tonne/year capacity was added after the expansion of an existing 250,000 tonne/year plant, operated by PTT Chemical. The work was completed in the third week of December, a second source said.

Separately, a source close to the company said a new 1 m tonne/year ethane cracker at the same site was still in the process of starting up.

"The cracker was supposed to start up on 6 January but so far we have no confirmation yet," the source added.

Additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee

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