Taiwan’s CPDC ramps up Xiaogang capro operations

11 May 2011 06:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan-based China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) is expected to ramp up operations of its newly debottlenecked 200,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) unit at Xiaogang in Kaohsiung to 100% over the next two weeks, a company source said on Wednesday.

“Steps to resume the capro unit were successful and the unit is currently running at around 80%,” said the source.

The capro unit has been running at reduced rates of around 50% since the middle of April.

The company restarted the upstream 100,000 tonne/year cyclohexane and 100,000 tonne/year cyclohexanone unit late last week and the two units are running at 100%, he added

Meanwhile, the company is expected to restart its other capro plant and its downstream nylon chips plant at Toufen in Miaoli county around 20 May, said the source.

The company shut the two units on 24 April for three to four weeks of maintenance, the source added.

The capro plant has a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year and the nylon chips plant has a capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year.

CPDC is the sole producer of capro in Taiwan.

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By: Junie Lin



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