Taiwan's Formosa runs Mailiao refinery RFCCs at 75-80%

12 August 2010 07:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS )--Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) is running the two residual fluid catalyst crackers (RFCC) at its 540,000 bbl/day refinery in Mailiao at around 75-80% following their restart last week, a company source said late on Wednesday.

The two RFCCs - taken off line after a fire shutdown the refinery in July - have a combined capacity of 168,000 bbl/day and can produce some 650,000 tonnes/year of propylene, in addition to gasoline and other oil products.

However, the olefins conversion unit (OCU) unit at the refinery, which has a capacity to produce another 250,000 tonnes/year of propylene, was expected to be restarted this week and would be fully operational by the following week, the source said.

Two of the three crude distillation units (CDU) at the refinery, which have a capacity of 180,000 bbl/day each, were back on-stream and were running at full capacity, the source added.

One of the CDUs restarted on 29 July while a second unit came back online on 3 August.

The third CDU was still shut and was not expected to come back on-stream until October, at the earliest, due to maintenance work, the source said.

In addition, when the unit does resume operations it would have to run sweet or low sulphur crude oil rather than its usual diet of sour or high sulphur crudes due to the outage of a 80,000 bbl/day residual hydro unit (RDS) damaged by the fire on 25 July, which had forced the complete shut down at the refinery, he added.

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