29 November 2012 07:58 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG) plans to shut its Kerteh integrated petrochemical complex for safety checks and catalyst change at its derivative ethylene glycol (EG) facility for 1-2 months in the third quarter of 2013, sources close to the company said.
Sources said the whole petrochemical complex located at Kerteh, Terengganu will be taken offline at that time in compliance with government policy.
These include one of its two ethane gas crackers with capacity of 600,000 tonnes/year, and the 400,000 tonne/year EG plant. Two ethylene oxide (EO) derivative plants at the same site, comprising a 75,000 tonne/year ethanolamines unit and a 85,000 tonne/year ethoxylate line, would also be shut.
The two ethane crackers are currently operating at 80-90% capacity, another source said. The company’s other ethane cracker with a 400,000 tonne/year capacity is not scheduled for turnaround in the following three years, the source added.
Additional reporting by Helen Lee
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