Taiwan’s TPCC caps October phenol/acetone output at 90% capacity

11 October 2012 03:14  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Taiwan Prosperity Chemical Corp (TPCC) will cap its phenol/acetone plant operating rate at 90% capacity in October, because of high feedstock benzene costs, a company source said on Thursday.  

TPCC had initially planned to increase its phenol/acetone output to 100% capacity in October, from around 85% capacity in September, after an earlier feedstock supply tightness eased.

However, in view of high benzene costs and squeezed margins, the company has decided to cap its phenol/acetone plant operating rate at 90% capacity in October, the source explained.

The company’s phenol/acetone plant in Kaohsiung can produce 360,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 220,000 tonnes/year of acetone.

TPCC will carry out a three-week planned maintenance at its phenol/acetone and bisphenol A (BPA) plants at the same Kaohsiung site on 24 December.

Its BPA facility has a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS Plants and Projects database.

Additional reporting by Trisha Huang

By: Veena Pathare
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