Taiwan’s Formosa to restart MMA unit next week

22 June 2012 09:07  [Source: ICIS news]

BRISBANE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp’s (FPCC) acetone cyanohydrin-based 98,000 tonne/year methyl methacrylate (MMA) unit in Mailiao will be restarted from the middle of next week, after a power outage on 20 June caused the unit to shut, said a company source on Friday.

"The expected date of restart took longer due to scheduling issues internally," added the source.

The unit is undamaged, and the producer is looking to resume operations after its upstream 240,000 tonne/year acrylonitrile (ACN) plant operations at the same site resume.

The plant was running at around 70% before the shutdown.

Production loss is estimated to be around 1,300-1,500 tonnes, he added.

Shipment of MMA will be delayed to its major buyer in Taiwan in July, but the impact might be limited, as other suppliers to the major buyer are likely to deliver on schedule, the source said.

By: Junie Lin

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