Thai MMA may postpone startup of new line on delay in govt review

30 July 2010 10:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thai MMA’s commissioning of its new 90,000 tonne/year methyl methacrylate line in Mab Ta Phut, Thailand, is expected to be delayed after it received an official notice that the government's environmental review would take two more months, company sources said on Friday.

"We recently received a government’s notice informing us that their decision will be delayed by two months. We have no idea when we can start commercial operations now,” the source said. 

“Our original schedule is to start operations in October this year.” said the source.

Government had delayed its decision for more in-depth review of the environmental issues and the next official notice was expected by the end of August, the sources added.

Thai MMA is a joint venture between Japan's Mitsubishi Rayon Co (MRC) and Thailand's Siam Cement Group (SCG).

Mitsubishi Rayon Co is also one of the largest MMA producers in Asia.

Meanwhile, Asahi PTT’s new 70,000 tonne/year MMA unit in the same area was originally expected to start commercial operation in the first quarter of 2011.

However, a company source said that the delay in the government's review was unlikely to cause any impact to its operations as the plant was still being built.

PTT Asahi Chemical is a joint venture of Asahi Kasei Chemicals (48.5%), PTT
(48.5%) and Marubeni Corp (3%)

Other Asian MMA producers include Asahi Kasei, Sumitomo Chemical and Formosa Plastics.

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By: Junie Lin

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