Thailand’s Rayong Olefins sees no cracker turnaround in 2011

08 November 2010 08:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s Rayong Olefins Co (ROC), which is taking off line its 800,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Mab Ta Phut next week, has no plans for a turnaround in 2011, a source close to the company said on Monday.

“The cracker will be shut on the 15th of this month. There will be no (cracker) maintenance in 2011,” said the source.

Currently, the integrated cracker is operating at 90% of its nameplate capacity, he said.

ROC 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.

Meanwhile, the MOC’s cracker is scheduled for a turnaround in 2012, the source said. No further details were available.

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By: Felicia Loo

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