03 August 2011 07:15 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Chemical & Fibre Corp (FCFC) plans to delay the scheduled turnaround of its 400,000 tonne/year No 4 purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant to September, a company source said on Wednesday.
The company had originally planned to shut down the PTA/purified isophthalic acid (PIA) swing line plant located at Loong-der in northern Taiwan in late August for 14 days, the source said.
FCFC decided to delay the maintenance after its 600,000 tonne/year PTA plant at Ningbo in east China was taken off line on 29 July because of a mechanical snag, the source added.
The company expects to restart the Ningbo plant in the next one to two weeks, according to the source.
“We are expecting the delayed shutdown could offset the supply loss caused by our Ningbo plant,” the source said.
FCFC will shut down its No 3 PTA plant, with a capacity of 700,000 tonnes/year at the same site in Taiwan, in the middle of November for a 14-day turnaround, the source said.
The company’s No 1 and No 2 PTA units at the Mailiao complex, each with a capacity of 550,000 tonnes/year, were shut in July. A half-month turnaround was conducted at the No 1 unit, while the No 2 unit was shut for one week of maintenance, the source said.
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