UpdateTaiwan’s Formosa in the process of restarting No 2 cracker

14 September 2012 08:27  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) is in the process of restarting its 1.03m tonne/year No 2 cracker in Mailiao following the completion of a routine maintenance, company spokesperson Lin Keh-Yen said on Friday.

“The cracker began the restart process today [Friday] and is expected to have normal operations within one week,” Lin said, adding that the start-up was on schedule.

The unit was taken off line on 15 August this year for a planned turnaround.

The company is not expected to ramp up No 2 cracker to full capacity for the remainder of September as there are downstream units at the Mailiao complex that are still shut, Lin said without providing details.

“Downstream demand is not enough to support full operations [at the No 2 cracker],” Lin added.

FPCC is currently operating the 700,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker and the 1.2m tonne/year No 3 cracker at Mailiao at full capacity while the No 2 cracker is being restarted, Lin SAID.

The company may cut the operation rate at all three crackers in Mailiao once the No 2 unit begins normal operations.

With additional reporting by Helen Lee and Felicia Loo

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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