11 June 2010 10:17 [Source: ICIS news]
YOKOHAMA (ICIS news)--Malaysian producer Petronas has been running its 500,000 tonne/year ammonia unit in Kerteh at reduced rates since the last week of May but expects to increase production next week, a source said on Friday.
The plant had been running at reduced rates of 60-70% since 27 May due to hydrogen supply problems, but production rates were expected to be ramped up early next week, the source at the plant’s trading and marketing arm Mitco said.
The company also owns a 370,000 tonne/year ammonia plant in Gurun, Kedah.
Ammonia from the Gurun plant is used for production of urea at the same site. The 2,000-tonne/day urea unit is in the process of ramping up rates following an unexpected shutdown caused by technical issues.
The urea plant remained shut down for approximately two weeks.
A large percentage of ammonia produced at the Kerteh plant is exported into various destinations in south and northeast ?xml:namespace>
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