Taiwan’s Formosa to shut down RFCC and crude distiller in March

25 February 2013 11:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC) will shut down a crude distillation unit (CDU) and a residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at its 540,000 bbl/day Mailiao refinery for scheduled maintenance in March, a company source said on Monday.

FPCC will shut down a 180,000 bbl/day CDU and a 84,000 bbl/day RFCC at the Mailiao refinery on 19 March, the source added. The CDU unit will remain shut for 50 days while the RFCC will remain offline until mid-June.

FPCC will also shut down the 80,000 bbl/day residual desulphurisation unit (RDS) no.2 for 45 days from 19 March. Following the expected restart of RDS unit no.2 in early May, FPCC, plans to shutdown the 80,000 bbl/day RDS no.1 unit for a further 45 days of maintenance.

The Mailiao refinery has three 180,000 bbl/day CDUs’ and two 84,000 bbl/day RFCCs.

The refinery CDUs are presently operating at around 520,000 bbl/day, or 96% of capacity, while the RFCC units are running at an operating rate of around 85% of capacity, the source said.

During March the CDU operating rate will slip to around 74-83% of capacity, the source added. During the shutdown the RFCC operating rate will be reduced to around 44% of capacity, he said.  

By: James Dennis
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