Taiwan’s CPDC to shut Xiaogang, Toufen capro units for maintenance

26 January 2011 07:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) is planning to shut its 180,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) unit at Xiaogang in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for maintenance and debottlenecking works in mid-February, a company source said on Wednesday.

The capro unit would be taken off line for 45 days, he added.

CPDC, which is the sole producer of capro in Taiwan, expects to raise the capacity of its line by 20,000 tonnes to 200,000 tonnes/year through debottlenecking.

“The contract volumes to our customers would definitely be reduced and they might be affected until April,” the source said without providing further details.

The company would later in April take off line its 100,000 tonne/year capro unit at Toufen, Miaoli county, for three to four weeks of maintenance, the source said

The shutdown would be in tandem with a month-long turnaround at its 40,000 tonne/year downstream nylon chip facility, which is scheduled to begin in early April, added the source.

CPDC’s nylon chip facility is located at the same site in Toufen.

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By: Junie Lin

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