Thailand’s BST restarts MTBE unit, targets exports by end-Oct

12 October 2012 04:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand's Bangkok Synthetics (BST) has restarted its methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant in Rayong, Map Ta Phut, late last week, and plans to resume export activity by the end of October, a source close to the company said on Friday.

On-spec production will be achieved by the end of this week at the 55,000 tonne/year facility, the source said.

The MTBE facility was shut in May after the company declared force majeure at its Map Ta Phut complex.

“BST should be ready to export by end of this month, once production output at the plant stabilises,” he said.

MTBE is used as an additive to improve the octane levels in gasoline.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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