Taiwan's CPDC ramps up Xiaogang capro unit after debottlenecking

23 March 2011 07:24  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan-based China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) expects to ramp up the operating rate at its newly debottlenecked 200,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) unit in Xiaogang, Kaohsiung, to 100% by this week, a company source said on Wednesday.

“The debottlenecking project was completed successfully,” said the source.

CPDC, which is the sole producer of capro in Taiwan, restarted its plant over the weekend after shutting it down on 18 February for maintenance and debottlenecking, the source added.

The capro plant’s capacity was raised by 20,000 tonnes/year to 200,000 tonnes/year through debottlenecking.

Meanwhile, CPDC’s other 100,000 tonne/year capro plant at Toufen in Miaoli county is scheduled to be shut in late April for three to four weeks of maintenance, the source said.

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By: Junie Lin

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