Taiwan's CPDC restarts 180,000t capro line, plans capacity increase

17 November 2010 08:10  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) restarted its 180,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) plant in Xiaogang, Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 15 November, said a company source on Wednesday.

However, the maintenance took two more days than expected to complete, the source added.

The plant was shut on 8 November for a five-day maintenance period to fix technical issues that were discovered in October, the source said.

CPDC is ramping up the plant's operating capacity, which is on track to reach100% by next week, the source added.

At the same time, CPDC has decided to postpone December maintenance to the first quarter of 2011, to combine the maintenance and debottlenecking process.

The company had planned to shut the capro line for 45 days of scheduled maintenance at the end of December, the source said.

CPDC plans to raise the capacity of its line in Kaohsiung by 20,000 tonnes to 200,000 tonnes/year through debottlenecking, the source said.

CPDC, the only producer of capro in Taiwan, also has a 100,000 tonne/year plant, in Toufen, Miaoli county, Taiwan.

The company also plans to double the nameplate production capacity of the Toufen plant to 200,000 tonnes/year in 2012, said a company source.

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By: Junie Lin

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