Taiwan's Nan Ya delays No 1 MEG unit restart on ethylene shortage

06 July 2012 06:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Nan Ya Plastics will prolong the shutdown at its 360,000 tonne/year No 1 monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at Mailiao until late July because of insufficient feedstock ethylene supply, a company source said on Friday.

The No 1 MEG plant was shut on 20 June after a power disruption, the source said.

Nan Ya’s four MEG plants at Mailiao have a combined capacity of 1.8m tonnes/year, and are supplied with ethylene through pipelines from its parent company Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC).

FPCC restarted its 1.03m tonne/year No 2 ethylene cracker in Mailiao on 30 June.  It will keep its 1.2m tonne/year No 3 cracker and its 700,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker shut until 10 July and 5 August respectively, according to the source.


Nan Ya’s 720,000 tonne/year No 4 MEG plant in Mailiao, which was shut on 4 June for a turnaround, is expected to be restarted in the middle of July.

By: Becky Zhang
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