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

19 February 2013 03:33  [Source: ICIS news]

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 was seen at the cracker on Monday night, indicating its shutdown, the sources said.

CPC’s downstream aromatics facilities at the site were not affected, they 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).

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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