Thai MMA to restart No 1 MMA line on 5 June

01 June 2012 11:19  [Source: ICIS news]

BRISBANE (ICIS)--Thai MMA plans to restart its 90,000 tonne/year No 1 methyl methacrylate (MMA) line on 5 June after securing a month’s worth of feedstock isobutylene, a company source said on Friday.

Thai MMA has two MMA lines, each with 90,000 tonne/year of capacity, at Map Ta Phut. Its No 1 line was shut on 11 May and was supposed to be restarted after 10 days, but this was delayed due to lack of feedstock, the source said.

“However, we are not sure yet whether we can operate in July, it depends on whether it is possible to secure feedstock,” the source added.

The parent firm of Thai MMA, Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Corp (MRC), is still looking to secure spot isobutylene cargoes for its Thai subsidiary for July, the source said.

The No 2 line is currently operating at full rates, he added.

Thai MMA is a joint venture between MRC and Thailand’s Siam Cement Group.

Thai MMA buys a portion of its isobutylene requirement from Bangkok Synthetics (BST)’s 40,000 tonne/year C4 raffinate (isobutylene) unit in Map Ta Phut.

The C4 raffinate unit, along with all the other plants of BST and its affiliate BST Elastomers, have been shut following a blast at the site on 5 May, prompting a force majeure declaration.

MMA is produced using a two-stage gas-phase oxidation of isobutylene to methacrylic acid, followed by esterification.

By: Junie Lin

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