14 March 2012 05:45 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical is planning to shut its 50,000 tonne/year ethanolamines plant in Map Ta Phut at the end of March for 10 days of maintenance, a company source said on Wednesday.
The unit will be taken off line from 31 March to 10 April, the source said.
The company is planning to operate the unit at 80-100% capacity after the restart, which is higher than the current 50-80% capacity because of an on-site shortage of feedstock ethylene, the source said.
The shutdown is expected to tighten the supply in southeast Asia, but the impact will be minimal as the producer has some stock, the source added.
PTT Global Chemical is one of the two ethanolamines producers in southeast Asia. The other major, Malaysia’s Optimal Group of Companies (OPTIMAL), a subsidiary of PETRONAS, runs a 75,000 tonne/year ethanolamines plant at Kertih in Terengganu.
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