PTT Chemical’s new LDPE unit to start commercial runs in April

23 March 2010 09:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand's petrochemical major PTT Chemical plans to start commercial production at its new 300,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Mab Ta Phut in mid-April, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

"The new plant is being commissioned now," the source said.

The start-up of the plant was originally scheduled for late February/early March, but was delayed due to an on-site shortage of feedstock ethylene, the source added.

The producer had been short of ethylene as its new 1m tonne/year gas-based ethane cracker had not been running at full rates due to gas shortages, the source added.

The producer's 300,000 tonne/year linear LDPE (LLDPE) plant at the same site had been running at around 70% since its restart last week, due to ethylene shortage, the source said.

The LLDPE plant was shut down in February due to insufficient feedstock, the source added.

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