07 February 2013 03:15 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Nan Ya Plastics plans to shut its 360,000 tonne/year No 1 monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit at Mailiao in late February for one week to fix remaining technical problems at the facility, a company source said on Thursday.
Nan Ya reduced the operating rates of No 1 MEG and 360,000 tonne/year No 2 MEG units to 70% of capacity from 90% following a technical fault in a shared heater.
The company subsequently shut its No 2 MEG unit for a week, while keeping the No 1 unit operating, the source said.
The No 2 MEG unit was restarted on 3 February after the short maintenance shutdown, the source said.
“The two units are currently running at slightly higher rates of 80% capacity,” the source said, but full operations at the two units will only be achieved after fixing the remaining technical faults.
Nan Ya has reduced its export volumes to China by 10-15% in February because of the production hiccups.
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