Brunei Methanol Co plans Sungai Liang plant restart on 1-2 July

30 June 2011 09:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Brunei Methanol Co (BMC) will try to restart its 850,000 tonne/year methanol plant in Sungai Liang Industrial Park this weekend, following an unplanned shutdown on 15 June, a company source said on Thursday.

The plant was taken off line unexpectedly because of issues with its water demineralisation unit, the source added.

The unit, which removes chlorine from the plant’s water supply, was not functioning properly as there was a high level of impurities in the water, said the source.

“We are not sure why there are so many impurities in the drinking-grade water we use. However, we are trying hard to solve the problem as quickly as we can,” he said.

The producer has cut its contractual supply as a result of the shutdown, according to its marketer Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC).

MGC said the company has not made any spot purchases to make up for the loss in production, as it is waiting to see if the plant can be started up over the weekend.

BMC is a joint venture between MGC, ITOCHU and Petroleum Brunei. MGC holds a 50% stake in the company, while the remaining 50% share is held equally by ITOCHU and Petroleum Brunei.

Methanol is used in the manufacture of formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methyl chlorides, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acetic acid.

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By: Heng Hui
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