PETRONAS Chemicals’ two Labuan methanol plants back in operation

19 September 2012 11:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PETRONAS Chemicals’ two methanol plants with a combined capacity of 2.36m tonnes/year are currently running, having resumed operations in late August/early September after their separate and unrelated outages, a company source said on Wednesday.

The 660,000 tonne/year No 1 plant, which was shut on 26 July after a fire hit chemical tanker docked nearby, was restarted in late August/early September, the source said.

The bigger plant with a 1.7m tonne/year methanol capacity, on the other hand, was shut in early August because of mechanical problems, the source said.

The source declined to provide the current run rates at the plants.

Methanol is used to make formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methylamines, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acetic acid.

Other regional methanol producers include Indonesia’s Kaltim and Brunei Methanol Company.

By: Heng Hui
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