Thai Fatty Alcohols restarts its Rayong unit as scheduled

05 June 2012 09:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thai Fatty Alcohols has restarted its 100,000 tonnes/year fatty alcohols unit at Rayong in Thailand on 1 June after a catalyst change in May, a company source said on Tuesday.

The unit was restarted as scheduled, and is currently running at 50% run rates, the source added.

“Production capacity has to be increased by succession, and we expect production capacity to reach 100% by next week,” the source said.

Earlier in May, the company shut the unit as part of its planned annual maintenance schedule.

The plant has a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year of fatty alcohols, 200,000 tonnes/year of methyl ester and 30,000 tonnes/year of glycerine.

Thai Fatty Alcohols is owned by Thai Oleochemicals, a subsidiary of PTT Chemical.

Fatty alcohols originate from vegetable oil and are traditionally used in the personal care, cosmetics and detergent industries.

They are also used in industrial applications including alcohol ethoxylates (AEO), which have a variety of uses in the lubricant and cleaning industries.

By: Samuel Wong

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