Thailand’s PTT Chemical to shut HDPE unit next week

14 July 2011 10:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand's PTT Chemical (PTTCH) is planning to shut its 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at Map Ta Phut in the middle of next week for a 10-day turnaround, a company source said on Thursday.

The producer may bring forward the turnaround at its 250,000 tonne/year HDPE line at the same site to July, from October, because of an onsite shortage of ethylene feedstock.

The company shut its 300,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Map Ta Phut at the end of June because of mechanical problems, the source said.

PTTCH is planning to restart the LDPE plant after the company resumes production at its 1m tonne/year ethane cracker following a month-long turnaround, the source added.

The shutdown at its HDPE and LDPE plants is unlikely to have impact on Asia’s supply balance because other regional plants are in operation, traders said.

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