Thailand's PTT to ramp up 6th gas separation unit by end January

20 January 2011 07:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s PTT is expected to ramp up its sixth gas separation plant to full production by the end of the month, a company source said on Thursday.

“The unit is currently running at around 95% and we expect to reach 100% by end month,” the source said.

The plant, which feeds PTT’s cracker operations at the Mab Ta Phut industrial complex in Thailand’s Rayong province, was completed in 2009.

However, commercial start-up was delayed by a year due to a court order.

The 1.84m tonne/year unit, with an investment of around $780m (€577m), can produce 630,000 tonnes/year of ethane and 650,000 tonnes/year of propane, according to the source.

“We are looking to ramp up the plant’s actual capacity to 2m tonnes,” the source added, without giving more details.

PTT’s six gas separation units in Mab Ta Phut have an overall production capacity of 6.64m tonnes/year.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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