Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical to restart Haldia PTA plant after outage

25 August 2011 05:44  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical plans to restart its 800,000 tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Haldia in India on 26 August after a six-day outage, a Tokyo-based company spokesperson said on Thursday.

The plant was shut on 20 August for repairs, the spokesperson said, without giving specifics of the plant’s problem.

The plant was previously shut for “several months” before it was restarted on 8 August, he said by telephone from Tokyo. But Mitsubishi brought the PTA plant off line again on 20 August after it discovered further technical problems, he explained.

Mitsubishi Chemical operates another PTA plant in Haldia with a capacity of 470,000 tonnes/year.

PTA, which is derived from paraxylene (PX), is a raw material used in the manufacturing of polyester and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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By: Trisha Huang

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