06 December 2011 08:31 [Source: ICIS news](recasts, adds details throughout) SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A power failure halted production at some petrochemical facilities at ?xml:namespace>
KP Chemical, however, continues to run its aromatics facilities at the site that can produce 775,000 tonne/year of paraxylene (PX) and 230,000 tonnes/year of orthoxylene (OX), said another company source.
But there are concerns about a possible shortage of feedstock that might arise with the shutdown of SK Energy’s crackers.
No word yet from SK Energy about any reduction on contract volumes, they said.
Among other plants that stopped operations because of the power outage include Samsung BP’s 600,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant and Asia Acetyls Co’s (Asacco) 210,000 tonne/year vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant.
“Now we are checking the mechanical processes,” said a company source, adding that restart of both plants may take one or two days or possibly longer.
“The downstream units such as purified terephthalic acid (PTA) are also shut therefore there’s no big impact on the acetic acid market yet,” said the source.
Samsung BP Chemicals is a joint venture between Samsung and BP Chemicals, while Asacco is a joint venture between BP, Dow and Samsung.
Samsung also had to shut down its 200,000 tonnes/year PTA No 1 and 450,000 tonnes/year No 2 PTA unit as a result of the power outage, a company source said.
The company expects the outage to last no longer than two days, the source added.
Another PTA producer Hyosung Petrochemical shut its 420,000 tonnes/plant unit in
“We are in the process of restarting,” the source added.
Additional reporting by Samuel Wong, Helen Lee, Felicia Loo, Quintella Koh, Chow Bee Lin, Mahua Chakravarty, Bohan Loh and Becky Zhang
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