Taiwan’s CPDC raises Xiaogang capro operating rate to almost 90%

21 December 2011 07:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan's sole caprolactam (capro) producer, China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC), is running its 200,000 tonne/year plant at Xiaogang at close to 90%, up by 30-40% from last week, a company source said on Wednesday.

CPDC is maintaining the operating rate of its 100,000 tonne/year plant at Toufen at 50-60%, amid improving demand.

The two units have been running at reduced rates of around 50-60% of capacity since the middle of November because of weak demand, the source said.

CPDC is keeping to its original February 2012 turnaround schedule for the Xiaogang capro 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 for the turnaround, the source said.

The Toufen unit will undergo a turnaround in April, he added.

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By: Junie Lin

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