14 December 2011 08:53 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PTT Global Chemical shut its 616,000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) unit in Map Ta Phut on 13 December because of a leak, according to industry sources and customers of the Thai aromatics maker on Wednesday.
“PTT shut the bigger PX line and may have to declare a force majeure (FM) for two to three weeks,” an industry source said.
The company operates a 560,000 tonne/year paraxylene unit at the same site.
A company source from PTTGC declined to comment when contacted by ICIS.
PTTGC is a key PX supplier to Thai purified terephthalic acid (PTA) makers, such Indorama Petrochem and Siam Mitsui PTA.
In addition, the Thai aromatics maker exports PX to the Chinese market on a monthly basis via northeast Asia-based traders.
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