Taiwan's CPDC to restart Xiaogang capro unit before week's end

16 March 2011 05:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan-based China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) expects to restart its 180,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) unit at Xiaogang in Kaohsiung before the end of this week, a company source said on Wednesday.

The company shut its capro plant for maintenance and debottlenecking on 18 February and was expected to restart the unit in mid-March, he added.

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

CPDC’s other 100,000 tonne/year capro unit at Toufen in Miaoli county is scheduled for a maintenance turnaround at the end of April that will last for three to four weeks, the source added.

The Toufen unit suffered a short outage on 10 February, but was brought back on stream on 14 March, the source said.

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By: Junie Lin



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