Taiwan’s CPC runs Kaohsiung cracker at 70-75% after restart

18 April 2012 05:16  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s state-owned refining firm CPC Corp is currently running its 500,000 tonne/year No 5 naphtha cracker in Kaohsiung at 70-75% capacity, after successfully restarting the plant early this week, a company source said on Wednesday.

The cracker was shut on the morning of 6 April following a pipeline leak that led to an explosion at the site.

The source said the company is currently maintaining the operating rate at its two other naphtha crackers in Linyuan at 100% capacity.

CPC runs a 230,000 tonne/year No 3 cracker and a 385,000 tonne/year No 4 cracker at the Linyuan site.

The company was forced to reduce ethylene and propylene supplies to domestic customers in the wake of the outage, but did not import any ethylene and propylene spot cargoes to make up for the shortfall, the same source had said earlier.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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