19 November 2010 10:06 [Source: ICIS news]
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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwanese Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) met with problems in restarting its 1.03m tonne/year No 2 naphtha cracker in Mailiao, following a turnaround that started last month, market sources said on Friday.
The cracker, which was in the process of resuming operations on Thursday, could not restart smoothly, market sources said.
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There was no official word from FPCC.
Problems at the No 2 cracker may prompt FPCC to defer delivery of 100,000-120,000 tonnes of naphtha that was due in December to January.
FPCC runs two other naphtha crackers in Mailiao.
The 1.2m tonne/year No 3 cracker was operating at 100%, while production at the 700,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker was expected to be ramped up to full capacity in the coming weeks.
With additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee and Becky Zhang
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