15 June 2012 11:26 [Source: ICIS news]
BRISBANE (ICIS)--Thai MMA is likely to shut its 90,000 tonne/year No 1 methyl methacrylate (MMA) line at Map Ta Phut in late June for 10-14 days as it is unable to procure sufficient feedstock isobutylene, a company source said on Friday.
The line is likely to be restarted in the middle of July, after which it would be operated at 60-70% of capacity, he added.
Thai MMA’s raw material supply was disrupted as a result of a forced shutdown at its supplier Bangkok Synthetics (BST)’s 40,000 tonne/year C4 raffinate (isobutylene) unit in Map Ta Phut.
The unit was shut along with all the other plants of BST and its affiliate BST Elastomers following a blast at the site on 5 May that prompted a force majeure declaration.
The plant’s No 1 line is currently running at 60-70% of capacity after it was restarted on 5 June, while its No 2 line is currently operating at full tilt, the source added.
Thai MMA is a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Corp (MRC) and Thailand’s Siam Cement Group.
MMA is produced using a two-stage gas-phase oxidation of isobutylene to methacrylic acid, followed by esterification.
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