Brunei Methanol to restart Sungai Liang methanol plant on 23 Oct

17 October 2012 10:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Brunei Methanol Co (BMC) plans to restart its 850,000 tonne/year methanol plant at Sungai Liang Industrial Park on 23 October after it completes its maintenance, a company source said on Wednesday.

The unit was shut on 30 September for maintenance, the source said.

A separate source close to the company said the plant was not really shut during the end of September, as it was running while the piping was changed.

“The plant was shut since last week and this is considered a short shutdown of around 10 days. We are able to manage our contractual commitments because of cargo diversion from Saudi,” the second source said.

BMC is a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC), Japanese trading house ITOCHU and Petroleum Brunei.

MGC holds a 50% stake in the company, while the remaining 50% is equally held by ITOCHU and Petroleum Brunei.

Methanol is used in the manufacture of formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methyl chlorides, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acetic acid.

By: Heng Hui
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