FCFC's No 1 aroms unit still shut; No 2, No 3 units run at 100%

22 July 2011 10:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp’s (FCFC) No 1 aromatics unit at Mailiao, Taiwan, has remained shut with no firm restart date, market sources said on Friday.

The company needs approval from the Yunlin County government to restart the unit.

A government-led investigation is still ongoing at the Mailiao petrochemical complex following a fire in May, preventing the restart of the aromatics unit that can produce 150,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 100,000 tonnes/year of isomer-grade mixed xylenes and 270,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX).

Meanwhile, FCFC’s No 2 and No 3 aromatics units are currently running at full capacity, market sources said.

The company is considering a turnaround at the No 3 aromatics unit in September or October, but no firm plans have been finalised, they said.

The No 3 unit can produce up to 700,000 tonnes/year of PX, 470,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 150,000 tonnes/year of orthoxylene (OX).

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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