Malaysia's Petronas to restart Labuan methanol plant

25 March 2011 08:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysian state-owned oil major Petronas will likely restart production at its 660,000 tonne/year Petronas Methanol Labuan 1 (PML1) unit in Labuan this weekend, a company source said on Friday.

Maintenance of the plant started on 12 March.

The 1.7m tonne/year PML 2 also in Labuan, will be shut down soon after the successful restart of PML1 for 10-14 days, according to the source.

“It will likely be in early April,” he added.

Methanol is used to make formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methylamines, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acetic acid.

Other regional methanol producers include Indonesia’s Kaltim.

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By: Heng Hui
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