Thai PTT Asahi Chemical to start up Map Ta Phut project in July

08 June 2011 11:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s oil and gas major PTT confirmed on Wednesday that its joint venture project with Japan’s Asahi Kasei Chemicals in Map Ta Phut will start commercial production late next month.

“It is in the commissioning phase. The commercial start-up will be within the third quarter, probably by the end of July,” said Pirada Dokangkab, spokesperson for PTT’s downstream business.

The project includes a 200,000 tonne/year acrylonitrile (ACN) plant and a 70,000 tonne/year methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant, to be operated by PTT Asahi Chemical – the joint venture firm of PTT and Asahi Kasei Chemicals.

A total of 160,000 tonnes/year of ammonium sulphate is expected to be produced as a by-product, according to PTT Asahi Chemical’s website.

The start-up has been delayed by more than year because of environmental issues that hounded a number of projects in Rayong province.

A temporary court injunction was issued on a total of 76 projects in the province in September 2009 on grounds of environmental pollution. A third of the projects hit are PTT’s.

“We [had] to wait for the definition and list of projects that [are] deemed causing severe environment[al] hazard, which came out at the end of last year. Only after that can we proceed with the construction, testing and running [of the projects],” Dokangkab said.

PTT and Asahi Kasei Chemicals equally control 97% of PTT Asahi Chemical, while the remaining 3% is held by Japanese trading firm Marubeni.

Additional reporting by Junie Lin

By: Pearl Bantillo
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