Taiwan’s TSRC to continue running SBR plant at 70% in August

08 August 2012 03:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s TSRC will keep the operating rate of its 100,000 tonne/year styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) plant at a reduced rate of 70% of capacity in August because of limited feedstock butadiene (BD) supply, a company source said.

The SBR plant at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has been running at 70% of capacity in July.

Feedstock BD supply in Taiwan has been disrupted by unplanned cracker outages recently.

Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) has delayed the restart of its 700,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker and will shut down its 1.03 m tonne/year No 2 cracker in mid-August for 30 days for safety inspection.

Its No 1 cracker will be restarted by the end of this week. It was originally scheduled to be restarted on 5 August after shutting down in June for a planned turnaround. Its 1.2m tonne/year No 3 cracker is running normally.

FPCC has a total BD capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year.

By: Helen Yan
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