23 July 2010 05:30 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Thailand’s Rayong Olefins Co (ROC) plans to shut its 800,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Mab Ta Phut for a month-long turnaround starting mid-November, said a source close to the company on Friday.
ROC had earlier planned to postpone the scheduled maintenance to the first quarter of 2011 but decided to eventually go ahead with the planned shutdown this year, said the source who did not provide details.
The company is a joint venture between Thailand’s largest conglomerate Siam Cement Group and US chemical giant Dow Chemicals. The two firms also operate a new 900,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker – Mab Ta Phut Olefins Co (MOC) – at the same site, which was started up in March this year.
The ROC cracker was running around 90% of capacity this month, while the MOC cracker was operating at 70-80% during the same period, the source added.
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