Thailand's PTT Phenol delays start-up of BPA plant

31 May 2010 07:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand's PTT Phenol has to push back the start-up of its new 150,000 tonne/year bisphenol-A (BPA) plant in Mab Ta Phut beyond the third quarter due to unresolved environmental issues, a source close to the company said on Monday.

Construction work at the plant in Rayong province was almost completed, the source said, but operations could not start due to a court injunction.

Expansion at its upstream phenol-acetone facility at the same site was also on hold because of the court suspension on potentially environmentally harmful projects in Mab Ta Phut.

The plant was initially scheduled 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.

PTT Phenol is jointly owned by Thai energy major PTT, PTT Chemical and PTT Aromatics and Refining.

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By: Liu Xin
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