Taiwan's Formosa on track for mid-Aug turnaround of No 3 cracker

02 August 2011 03:28  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) plans to go ahead with the turnaround of its 1.2m tonne/year No 3 cracker by the middle of the month as scheduled despite a fire at a pipeline at its Mailiao refinery over the weekend, a company source said on Tuesday.

The No 3 cracker is scheduled to be shut for a 40-45 day turnaround in mid-August, the source said, adding that it was not immediately known when the company will be able to restart the 700,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker, which has been shut since 12 May.

Meanwhile, the company’s two residual fluid catalytic crackers (RFCC) at Mailiao, which each can produce 325,000 tonnes/year of propylene, were also shut following the fire, the source said.

An olefins conversion unit (OCU), which can produce 250,000 tonnes/year of propylene, was also taken off line.

The source said the restart dates for the RFCCs and the OCU are not immediately known.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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