Taiwan's FCFC eyes 10 Oct restart for Mailiao No 1 aromatics unit

23 August 2011 12:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Chemicals and Fiber Corp (FCFC) is eyeing a 10 October restart for its No 1 aromatics unit in Mailiao, a company source said on Tuesday.

“Inspections will be carried out in September and if everything goes smoothly, we will restart in October,” he said.

The company source was referring to a government-ordered “rotational closure” of the entire Mailiao refinery and petrochemical complex to thoroughly review safety standards.

FCFC’s No1 aromatics unit in Mailiao has been shut since May following a fire that broke out at its refinery complex.

“The No 2 aromatics unit will not be shut any time this year as the government has given us a one-year timeline to carry out the rotational closure. We will coincide the mandated shutdown with a scheduled turnaround for the No 2 unit in 2012,” the company source added.

FCFC is on track to shut its No 3 aromatics unit in Mailiao in October for a scheduled 45-day maintenance and debottlenecking, the company source said.

(In tonnes per annum)

Aromatics No 1

Aromatics No 2

Aromatics No 3

Benzene

150,000

470,000

470,000

Paraxylene

270,000

580,000

870,000

Mixed xylenes (isomer)

100,000

100,000

100,000

Orthoxylene

135,000

190,000

150,000

 


By: Bohan Loh
+65 6780 4359



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