Taiwan’s CPC eyes Kaohsiung cracker restart next week

13 April 2012 03:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s CPC Corp is planning to restart its 500,000 tonne/year No 5 cracker in Kaohsiung next week following an outage since 6 April, a company source said on Friday.

The exact restart date has yet to be finalised, he added.

The state-owned refining firm was earlier forced to shut the cracker following a pipeline leak that led to an explosion at the site.

Following the outage, CPC had raised the operating rate at its two other naphtha crackers in Linyuan to 100% capacity, the same source said ealier.

The 230,000 tonne/year No 3 cracker and 385,000 tonne/year No 4 cracker are currently running at full rates compared with 85% capacity prior to the outage.

CPC was also forced to reduce ethylene and propylene supplies to domestic customers in the wake of the unplanned shutdown.

However, the company did not import any ethylene and propylene spot cargoes to make up for the shortfall, the source added.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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