Thailand's PTT Chem yet to restart I-1 cracker post-maintenance

31 March 2010 06:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s PTT Chemical has yet to restart its 460,000 tonne/year gas cracker in Mab Ta Phut after a scheduled maintenance shutdown, but is aiming to achieve on-spec product at the ethylene plant by next week, said a company official on Wednesday.

The cracker – also known as the I-1 facility – was initially expected to resume operations around 29 March after it was taken off line on 23 February.

Meanwhile, PTT’s 515,000 tonne/year I-4 No 1 naphtha cracker was slated for maintenance from 1 June to 5 July.

PTT runs two other crackers in Mab Ta Phut - a new 1 m tonne/year ethane cracker that started up in late January and a 400,000 tonne/year I-4 No 2 ethane cracker, which is not slated for maintenance this year.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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