13 May 2011 03:57 [Source: ICIS news]
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“The utilities pipeline leaked and that caused a fire. But the fire has ceased and the leaking has stopped,” said a company source.
The fire caused a power outage that shut the No 1 cracker, said another company source.
Formosa Chemicals and Fibres Corp (FCFC) shut its No 1 aromatics unit at the site for safety reasons following the fire, a company source said.
The unit can produce 270,000 tonnes of paraxylene (PX), 150,000 tonnes/year of benzene and about 100,000 tonnes/year of isomer xylene.
“There was no damage to the facility but we shut the unit down for safety reasons,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Nanya Plastics, a part of the Formosa group, also halted operations at two of its four monoethylene glycol (MEG) units with a combined capacity of 700,000 tonne/year at the site following the fire, said a company source.
The two other MEG plants - a 400,000 tonne/year No 2 unit and a 700,000 tonne/year No 4 unit - were running, the source said.
“All the derivative plants are shut for safety considerations,” he said.
Some other plants were heard shut, including two styrene monomer plants with a 250,000 tonne/year and a 350,000 tonne/year capacities, but these could not be confirmed.
Officials from the
Additional reporting by Bohan Loh, Becky Zhang, Felicia Loo, Helen Lee and Feliana Widjaja
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