Taiwan’s CPC raises cracker run rates at Linyuan after outage

10 April 2012 07:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s CPC Corp has raised the operating rates at its two naphtha crackers in Linyuan to 100% of capacity following the unplanned shutdown at a separate cracker in Kaohsiung, a company source said on Tuesday.

The 230,000 tonne/year No 3 cracker and 385,000 tonne/year No 4 cracker were running at 85% capacity before the outage, he said.

The source said it remains unclear when the 500,000 tonne/year No 5 cracker in Kaohsiung will resume operations.

The state-owned refining firm was forced to shut the cracker on the morning of 6 April following a pipeline leak that led to an explosion at the site.

The explosion was believed to have occurred at a crude butadiene (BD) tank at the site, market sources said.

Separately, the source confirmed that it has reduced ethylene supplies to its domestic customers by around 50% but did not have details regarding the cut in propylene output market players have been expecting.

One of CPC’s domestic customers had earlier said that the daily propylene supply is expected to be reduced to 60% following the outage.

The source added that the company has yet to import any spot ethylene and propylene cargoes as it required prompt April arrivals and selling indications were too high.

“We do not know if we need any May cargoes yet as we are not sure if the cracker will have restarted by then,” he said.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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