Taiwan’s CPC starts process of mothballing No 3 Linyuan cracker

07 June 2012 10:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s CPC Corp has started the process of mothballing its 230,000 tonne/year No 3 naphtha cracker at Linyuan early this week, a company source said on Thursday.

The source did not provide details regarding the shutdown process but market sources said it might take around one week to completely take the cracker off line.

The No 3 cracker is expected to make way for a new No 6 naphtha cracker at the same site that can produce around 600,000 tonnes/year of ethylene.

The plant is scheduled to be up and running at the end of the first quarter of 2013, the company source said.

Separately, the source said that the company’s 500,000 tonne/year No 5 naphtha cracker in Kaohsiung had encountered some waste water issues and CPC was waiting to hear from the government authorities on what would be done.

The source said it was not clear if the cracker would have to be shut.

CPC also runs a 385,000 tonne/year No 4 naphtha cracker in Linyuan.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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