Thailand’s PTTGC may shut I-4 No 1 cracker in Nov for repairs

01 November 2012 10:14  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) may shut its 515,000 tonne/year mixed-feed I-4 No 1 cracker at Map Ta Phut this month for 24 days of repairs to fix quench oil-related mechanical issues, a company official said on Thursday.

The cracker has been operating at a reduced 70% capacity since 29 October, down from the previous 85% because of the mechanical issue.

“We may shut the I-4 No 1 cracker in November for 24 days of repairs and this is under discussions with the technical department now,” the official said.

The company’s other 400,000 tonne/year I-4 No 2 ethane cracker at Map Ta Phut is currently operating at 95-100% capacity, versus 90-100% capacity earlier in the week, the official said.

As a result of the potential shutdown, the company is short of second-half November arrival ethylene cargoes but the volume is not finalised, the official added.

By: Helen Lee
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