Taiwan’s FPC ramps up operating rates at Mailiao facilities

22 June 2012 14:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC) is increasing the operating rates at its chlor-alkali and vinyls plants in Mailiao to more than 70% following restarts at the plants, a company source said on Friday.

A two-hour power outage at the Mailiao complex on 20 June led to the shutdown of its 1.18m tonne/year ethylene dichloride (EDC) and 800,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride (VCM) plants.

The outage also included a shutdown of the company’s 500,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant and its 1.33m dry metric tonne (dmt)/year caustic soda plant, the source said.

FPC’s EDC, PVC and caustic soda facilities in Mailiao were restarted on 21 June, while its VCM unit resumed operation on 22 June, according to the source.

By: Feliana Widjaja

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