30 November 2012 02:16 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--SCG-DOW Group plans to conduct a second trial run at its 150,000 tonne/year propylene glycol (PG) plant in Thailand the following week after the first start-up was unsuccessful, a company source said late on Thursday.
"The PG plant in Thailand has failed to start up properly after last Friday’s trial runs," the source said in Mandarin. "We will probably schedule another trial run for next week."
Meanwhile, PG producers in Asia are closely monitoring the start-up of SCG-DOW Group's new PG plant.
"The PG plant will have an important bearing on the developments of the PG market in Asia for the first half of next year," said a PG producer based in South Korea.
"DOW is likely to offer more competitive prices once it replaces US-origin PG cargoes with Thailand-origin ones," the producer added.
The PG plant is located at the Asia Industrial Estate site near Map Ta Phut and it is in close proximity to SCG-DOW Group's 390,000 tonne/year propylene oxide (PO) facility.
Industrial-grade PG is used in downstream unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) manufacture, humectants, antifreeze, liquid detergents and surface coatings.
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