Taiwan’s CPC runs No 4 cracker at reduced rate on technical woes

26 June 2012 11:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s CPC Corp is running its 385,000 tonne/year No 4 naphtha cracker at Linyuan at a reduced rate of around 90% partly due to technical issues in the second half of June, a company source said on Tuesday.

The source did not provide details regarding the nature of the technical problems but added that there were no immediate plans to shut the cracker for repairs.

Some market sources had said that CPC might eventually have to take the plant off line.

Separately, CPC is maintaining the run rate at its 500,000 tonne/year No 5 naphtha cracker in Kaohsiung at 70-80% as it has yet to restart its butadiene (BD) extraction unit at the site, the company source said.

The No 5 cracker had a brief shutdown in early May due to unspecified issues and was also off line in April following a pipeline leak that had led to an explosion at the site.

The company’s 95,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) extraction unit was shut for repairs at the same time as the cracker in April and it remains unclear when the facility will be up and running as the restart will depend on approval from the government authorities, the source said.

CPC also operates a 230,000 tonne/year No 3 cracker that was mothballed this month to make way for a new No 6 naphtha cracker at the same site that can produce around 600,000 tonnes/year of ethylene.

The No 6 plant is scheduled to be up and running at the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter of 2013.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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