Taiwan's FPC Mailiao PE plant shut after hydrogen pipeline blast

27 July 2011 03:14  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Formosa Plastics Corp’s (FPC) polyethylene (PE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) plants at Mailiao were shut late on Tuesday evening following a fire at a hydrogen pipeline in the vicinity, a company source said on Wednesday.

The facilities were not affected but were shut as a precautionary measure, the source said.

“Plant operators are very careful nowadays because there’ve been so many fires over the past months,” the source said.

The affected facilities consist of a 264,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant, a 350,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) unit and a 240,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE)/EVA swing plant, the source said.

However Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s (FPCC) No 2 and No 3 crackers were running smoothly, FPCC sources said. The No1 cracker has been shut since an earlier outage in May.

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