04 March 2010 05:35 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Taiwan’s petrochemical facilities are operating following a major earthquake that rocked Kaohsiung on Thursday morning, industry sources said.
The 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck about 70km from ?xml:namespace>
The epicentre of the quake was in Jiahsian township, in
"I felt a strong shake while going to work this morning," said a source at Nanya Plastics Corp.
Subway services in
“The facilities are unaffected as they are built to withstand earthquakes,” said a source at Lee Chang Yung, referring to the frequent earthquakes that strike the island.
The company has a 140,000 tonne/year thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) plant in
Operations at the
“Nothing happened [to operations],” said a source at Formosa.
There was also no impact at Ming Dih’s 166,000 tonne/year expandable polystyrene (EPS) unit in
Methyl methacrylate (MMA) producer Kaohsiung Monomer Co (KMC) also did not experience problems with operations at its 90,000 tonne/year plant.
Paraxylene (PX) production went on as usual on Thursday at the three aromatics lines of state-owned Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) in
The lines have a combined PX capacity of up to 660,000 tonnes/year.
CPC’s biggest cracker, producing 500,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, is located in
Acetic acid production in the area was also largely unscathed, with the 160,000 tonne/year plant of China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) at Da Sheh,
With contributions from Helen Lee, Clive Ong, Bohan Loh, Heng Hui, Anu Agarwal, Ng Hun Wei, Helen Yan, Ong Sheau Ling and Gabriela Wheeler
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