Taiwan’s CPDC to raise capro output; drops December shutdown plan

14 December 2011 10:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan's sole caprolactam (capro) producer, China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC), plans to ramp up production at its 200,000 tonne/year plant at Xiaogang and its 100,000 tonne/year plant at Toufen amid improving demand, a company source said on Wednesday.

“We are still considering on the exact operating rate now but have not decided,” the source said.

The plants have been running at reduced rates at around 50-60% of capacity since mid-November due to weak demand, the source said.

CPDC also opted to revert back to its original February 2012 turnaround schedule for the Xiaogang caprolactam plant, dropping a plan to shut the plant this month, the source said.

The newly debottlenecked capro unit at Xiaogang will be shut for two to three weeks of turnaround, the source said.

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By: Junie Lin

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