UpdateTaiwan’s CPC shuts Kaohsiung No 5 cracker on power outage

19 February 2013 04:05  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A power outage at CPC Corp’s refinery in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, late on Monday prompted the shutdown of the company’s No 5 cracker, company sources said on Tuesday.

The cracker, which has a 500,000 tonne/year capacity, is expected to resume operations in two to three days’ time, they said.

The second air system of the refinery stopped working, affecting the cracker’s operations. Flaring at the cracker was seen on Monday night, indicating the shutdown of the plant, the sources said.

CPC will attempt to restart the cracker later on Tuesday, a company source said, adding that there is no immediate need to buy ethylene because of the unplanned shutdown.

The company’s downstream aromatics facilities at the site were not affected by the cracker’s shutdown, the company sources said.

The aromatics facilities in Kaohsiung can produce a total of 362,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 660,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX).

Additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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