Taiwan’s FCFC to cut Mailiao PP output further on C3 shortage

10 August 2011 07:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Formosa Chemicals & Fibres Corp (FCFC) may cut production further at its 540,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at Mailiao, Taiwan, because of an on-site shortage of feedstock propylene, a company source said on Wednesday.

Production at the Taiwanese major’s PP facility at Mailiao was cut to 70% capacity early this week, from 100%, because of the on-site propylene shortage, the source said.

The facility, which consists of three 180,000 tonne/year lines, will run at a further reduced rate of 40% capacity in early September if the producer fails to cover its propylene supply shortfall, he said.

The Formosa Group will be submitting a shutdown schedule for its petrochemical facilities at Mailiao to the authorities for inspection, following the recent fires at the site, the FCFC source said.

The schedule has not been announced yet, but FCFC’s PP facilities may be included, the source said.

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