Thai PTT Chemical eyes restart of two crackers next week

12 February 2010 03:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s PTT Chemical plans to restart its two crackers affected by a power outage in Mab Ta Phut next week as it still has to iron out some technical issues, a company official said on Friday.

The affected facilities taken off line on 10 February were the I-4 No 1 and I-4 No 2 crackers, which have nameplate ethylene capacities of 515,000 tonnes/year and 400,000 tonnes/year, respectively.

“The electricity problem which caused the power outage has been fixed but there are still some technical problems,” the source said.

PTT was also expected to feed ethane into its 1 m tonne/year ethane cracker in Mab Ta Phut Friday and to achieve on-spec production at the plant next week, the source said.

Separately, a planned maintenance shutdown at the 460,000 tonne/year I-1 cracker has been postponed to the second half of February due to the unexpected plant outages this week, the source added.

The facility was earlier slated to be taken off line for a month-long turnaround in mid-February.

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