Thai PTTGC delays I-4 No 2 cracker turnaround on ethylene shortage

08 February 2012 02:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) has delayed a turnaround at its 400,000 tonne/year I-4 No 2 naphtha cracker at Map Ta Phut because of a shortage of ethylene, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The cracker was initially scheduled to be shut for maintenance from 4 February to 23 March but this has been pushed back and the revised turnaround dates have yet to be finalised, the source said.

PTTGC was forced to take its 1m tonne/year cracker at the same site off line on 31 January because of a power outage and it remains unclear when the facility will be restarted.

Meanwhile, the company has ramped up production at its two other crackers at Map Ta Phut to cope with the ethylene shortage and is not looking to import cargoes to cope with the shortfall, the source said.

PTTGC runs a 460,000 tonne/year I-1 cracker and a 515,000 tonne/year I-4 No 1 cracker at the site. The source did not provide details regarding the current operating rates of these plants.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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