Thai HMC Polymers to shut PP plant in end Jan/early Feb

08 January 2010 09:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s HMC Polymers plans to shut its 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at Mab Ta Phut in end January or early February for maintenance, a source close to the company said on Friday.

“The shutdown will last for one to one-and-a-half months,” the source said.

The producer started up a new 300,000 tonne/year PP plant in September last year, but had not been able to do commercial runs at the new facility due to a shortage of propylene, the source said.

HMC Polymers had not been able to start up its new 300,000 tonne/year propylene dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at the same site. This unit was to supply feedstock propylene to the new PP plant, he added.

Company officials were not available for comment.

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