Taiwan’s FPCC to raise naphtha cracker run rates to 90% in Nov

17 October 2012 05:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) plans to raise its Mailiao cracker operating rates to 90% from 1 November, up by ten percentage points from October rates, a company official said on Wednesday.

Higher run rates at its three crackers with a combined ethylene capacity of 2.93m tonnes/year will be implemented in line with the anticipated restart of a downstream monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at the site in end-October, the official said.

The 720,000 tonne/year No 4 MEG plant owned by FPCC’s sister company – Nan Ya Plastics – was shut on 26 September following a fire.

“We will raise the cracker operating rates to 90% capacity from 1 November onwards as Nan Ya Plastics’ MEG plant is due to restart by the end of October,” the FPCC official said.

In late September, FPCC reduced its cracker operating rates to 80% following the outage of Nan Ya Plastics’ MEG plant.

FPCC operates a 700,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker, a 1.03m tonne/year No 2 cracker, and a 1.2m tonne/year No 3 cracker in Mailiao. All the crackers will be operating at 80% capacity for the month of October, the FPCC official said.

By: Helen Lee
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