Taiwan’s CPDC restarts Toufen capro and nylon plant

24 May 2011 09:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan-based China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) has restarted its 100,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) plant and its downstream 40,000 tonne/year nylon chips plant at Toufen in Miaoli, a company source said on Tuesday.

The two units were restarted on 21-22 May after they were shut down on 24 April for about four weeks of maintenance, the source added.

The company is expected to ramp up the operations of these two plants to 100% by the end of this week, the source added.

Meanwhile, CPDC has ramped up operations at its 200,000 tonne/year capro unit at Xiaogang in Kaohsiung to 100%, the company source said.

The capro unit has been running at reduced rates of around 50% since the middle of April following a fire at an upstream unit. The plant underwent a debottlenecking exercise in February and March that raised its capacity by 20,000 tonnes/year.

CPDC is the sole producer of capro in Taiwan.

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By: Junie Lin

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