04 February 2010 07:37 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand's Siam Cement plans to shut its No 1 high density polyethylene (HDPE) line at Mab Ta Phut on 20 February due to an on-site shortage of ethylene feedstock, a source close to the company said on Thursday.
"The 160,000 tonne/year line will be restarted on 2 March," the source said.
The shutdown was part of a series of outages scheduled to cope with ethylene shortages, he added.
The producer's No 3 HDPE line of 220,000 tonne/year would be shut from 5 February to 19 February, and its No 2 HDPE line of 180,000 tonne/year capacity was restarted on 2 February after a 10-day shutdown.
Ethylene supply to the existing HDPE lines had been diverted to test run its new 400,000 tonne/year HDPE plant since mid January, he said.
The new HDPE plant had been running trial production intermittently since it came on stream, he said.
“The new HDPE plant is currently shut but it'll resume production on 4 February before shutting again on 7 February,” he added.
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