Dow Chemical shuts Thai joint-venture PO unit for turnaround

28 September 2012 11:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Dow Chemical has shut its joint-venture propylene oxide (PO) facility with Thailand’s Siam Cement Group (SGC) for scheduled maintenance on 26 September, sources close to the company said on Friday.

The annual maintenance shutdown, carried out in compliance with safety requirements from the local government, will take around three to four weeks, the sources added.  

The PO facility employs the hydrogen peroxide-to-propylene oxide (HPPO) technology and has a nameplate capacity of 390,000 tonnes/year. It is situated at the Asia Industrial Estate site near Map Ta Phut.

Compared with other PO manufacturing technologies, the HPPO process is said to offer economical and environment benefits such as reduction of wastewater and lower energy usage, according to market sources.

Additional reporting by Vikki Shen

By: Jingyi Chan
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