PTT Phenol plans early July turnaround of phenol-acetone plant

21 May 2010 08:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand's PTT Phenol plans to shut its phenol-acetone plant in Mab Ta Phut, Rayong province, on 1 July for a 35-day maintenance period, a company source said on Friday.

The plant, which can produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 124,000 tonnes/year of acetone, would remain off line until 5 August, the source said.

The turnaround was postponed by one month, in line with a delayed shutdown of its upstream cracker facility, the source added.

The phenol-acetone facility was scheduled for an expansion early this year to increase phenol output by 50,000 tonnes/year to 250,000 tonnes/year and acetone production by 31,000 tonnes/year to 155,000 tonnes/year. However, the expansion was delayed due to environmental issues, the source said.

In late September 2009, the Thai Central Administrative Court issued an injunction on 76 projects in the Rayong province, in response to claims that the projects were environmentally harmful to area residents. PTT Phenol's phenol-acetone and bisphenol A projects were included in the list of suspended projects.

PTT Phenol is jointly owned by Thai energy major PTT and PTT Chemical and Aromatics (Thailand).

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By: Liu Xin
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