Thailand’s PTT restarts new ethane cracker after brief outage

02 February 2010 08:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s PTT Chemical has restarted its new 1m tonne/year ethane cracker at Mab Ta Phut after a brief shutdown last week due to technical issues, a company official said on Tuesday.

"The cracker was restarted on Saturday," the official said, adding that on-spec production for ethylene and propylene had been achieved.

Market sources had earlier said that the facility could be down for up to one week after it was taken off line on 28 January. The cracker was started up on 25 January.

Traders had reported enquiries from Thailand seeking ethylene spot molecules for prompt February arrival after the outage but these were withdrawn after the restart of the cracker, they said.

Separately, PTT has brought forward a 45-day maintenance shutdown at its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at the same site due to technical issues.

The facility, which can produce around 120,000 tonnes/year of propylene, was shut on 1 February, the official added.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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