Taiwan’s CPC keeps No 5 Kaohsiung cracker op rate at 70-80%

24 May 2012 08:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwanese producer CPC Corp is running its 500,000 tonne/year No 5 naphtha cracker in Kaohsiung at 70-80% capacity as it has yet to restart its butadiene (BD) extraction unit, a company source said on Thursday.

The No 5 cracker had a brief shutdown in early May due to unspecified issues and was also off line in April following a pipeline leak that had led to an explosion at the site.

The company’s 95,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) extraction unit was shut for repairs at the same time as the cracker in April and it remains unclear when the facility will be up and running as the restart will depend on approval from the government authorities, the source said.

CPC also runs a 230,000 tonne/year No 3 naphtha cracker and a 385,000 tonne/year No 4 naphtha cracker in Linyuan. Both plants are currently operating at around 90% capacity, the source said.

Separately, the No 3 cracker is on track to be permanently shut at the end of May/June to make way for a new No 6 cracker that will come on stream in 2013, the source added.

The new cracker is expected to be able to produce around 600,000 tonnes/year of ethylene.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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