09 August 2012 08:31 [Source: ICIS news]
The plant has two 700,000 tonne/year reactors. One of the reactors was started up in late May and achieved on-spec production in three days.
The first reactor has since been running at full rate until this week’s shutdown, the source said.
The shutdown may take one to two weeks, the source added.
The second reactor has been kept idled as the company attempted to achieve stable operations at the first reactor and also because of squeezed PTA margins, the source said.
“This time we have shut the first reactor, while preparing to bring both reactors online to achieve the nameplate capacity of 1.4m tonnes/year,” the source said without specifying the reason for the start-up despite poor PTA margins.
The company has just completed a 10-day maintenance shutdown at its 600,000 tonne/year No 3 PTA unit in the middle of the week following a two-week maintenance shutdown at its 600,000 tonne/year No 2 PTA plant in the second half of July, according to the source.
The firm's 600,000 tonne/year No 1 Eastman polymer-grade terephthalic acid plant is running at full capacity, the source added.
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