HMC Polymers to start commercial runs at new PP unit in May

19 February 2010 08:23  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s HMC Polymers plans to start commercial runs at its new 300,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at Mab Ta Phut in May, a source close to the company said on Friday.

"The new plant was on trial runs for several days in the fourth quarter last year, but the operation couldn’t continue due to a shortage of feedstock propylene," the source added.

The producer would have propylene to run the new PP plant when its new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit – which has the same capacity – comes on stream in May, the source said.

Meanwhile, the producer’s existing 450,000 tonne/year PP plant at the same site was restarted early this week after a two-week maintenance shutdown, the source added.

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