Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical to restart RFCC later this week

25 June 2012 10:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) expects to restart its No 1 residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at its 540,000 bbl/day Mailiao refinery within this week, a company source said on Monday.

FPCC is in the process of restarting the 84,000 bbl/day RFCC  No 1, which was shut down for scheduled maintenance in late April, the source said.

FPCC’s olefins conversion unit (OCU) at the same site that has a nameplate propylene capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year is expected to restart in mid-July, the source said.

The OCU was taken off line for scheduled maintenance in mid-May, the source said.

Once the RFCC No 1 is restarted, Formosa will shut down its other RFCC unit, which has an 84,000 bbl/day capacity, for around two weeks to correct some operational glitches, the source said.

FPCC’s 180,000 bbl/day crude distillation unit (CDU) No 3 and its 80,000 bbl/day residue desulphurisation unit (RDS) No 1 in Mailiao will remain shut until mid July, the source said.

The company plans to operate the Mailiao refinery at an average capacity of around 74-84% in July, up from a 70% operating rate in June, the source said.

By: James Dennis
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