Malaysia’s EMSB to shut cracker in early May for maintenance

24 April 2012 10:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--State-run Ethylene Malaysia Sdn Bhd (EMSB) is expected to shut its 400,000 tonne/year ethane cracker at Kerteh in Terengganu in early May for a planned maintenance, said a source close to the company on Tuesday.

The source did not specify the shutdown date but said the cracker is expected to be off line for 10-14 days.

The company is running the cracker at a reduced rate of around 70% of capacity in April because of some production hiccups earlier this month, according to the source who did not provide further details.

EMSB is a joint venture between Malaysia's state-owned PETRONAS, Japan's Idemitsu Kosan and UK-based petrochemicals major BP.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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