Thai PTT Chem may delay new LDPE unit start-up on C2 shortage

10 February 2010 09:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s PTT Chemical may have to push back the start-up of its new 300,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Mab Ta Phut due to an on-site shortage of ethylene (C2) feedstock, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The source said the new plant was originally scheduled to come on stream in end February or early March. He declined to comment on the extent of the possible delay.

PTT might be short of ethylene as it might not have enough gas to run its new 1m tonne/year ethane cracker, as it had not obtained court approval to start up a new upstream gas separation unit, the source said.

The gas separation unit is one of the 65 projects currently under court injunction in Rayong province.

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