Thai Fatty Alcohols to shut Rayong unit in May for catalyst change

11 April 2012 04:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thai Fatty Alcohols will shut its 100,000 tone/year fatty alcohols unit at Rayong in Thailand for a catalyst change in the first three weeks of May as part of its planned annual maintenance schedule, a company official said on Wednesday.

The plant has a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year of fatty alcohols, 200,000 tonnes/year of methyl ester and 30,000 tonnes/year of glycerine.

“The shutdown will not impact on supplies in the short term,” the official added.

The company is owned by Thai Oleochemicals, a subsidiary of PTT Chemical.

Fatty alcohols originate from vegetable oil and are traditionally used in the personal care, cosmetics and detergent industries. They are also used in industrial applications including alcohol ethoxylates (AEO), which have a variety of uses in the lubricant and cleaning industries.

By: Lester Teo

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