UpdateTaiwan's FPC Mailiao PE plant shut after pipeline blast

27 July 2011 03:23  [Source: ICIS news]

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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.

“We have no idea how long the plant will remain shut because the situation is unclear,” he added.

The EVA plant was producing about 700 tonnes per day of both low and high vinyl acetate content EVA prior to the outage, a second company source said.

FPC has stopped offering PE and EVA cargoes for export as a result of the plant shutdown, the sources said.

Meanwhile Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s (FPCC) No 2 and No 3 crackers were running smoothly, FPCC sources said. The No 1 cracker has been shut since an earlier outage in May.

Additional reporting by Helen Lee, Peh Soo Hwee, Felicia Loo and Mahua Chakravarty

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