13 June 2012 12:05 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) has a back-up plan to ensure its Mailiao operations will not be affected if water supply is cut off via the Jiji dam, which was damaged in recent heavy rains, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.
The source did not elaborate on where it will get alternative sources of water.
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Meanwhile, FPCC is looking at restarting its No 3 cracker in Mailiao within the week, the spokesperson said. The cracker, which has a 1.2m tonne/year ethylene capacity, is the biggest of the three sited in Mailiao.
The company’s 700,000 tonne/year No 1 and 1.03m tonne/year No 2 crackers are currently operating “at more than 90% of capacity”, the spokesperson said.
Operating rates at the No 3 cracker are expected to be kept high upon its restart, since the No 1 cracker will immediately be shut for turnaround, the spokesperson said.
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