Malaysia’s PETRONAS to restart Labuan methanol unit on 9 March

07 March 2013 06:00  [Source: ICIS news]

NAGOYA (ICIS)--Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG) hopes to restart its 1.7m tonne/year methanol plant at Labuan on 9 March, after it was unexpectedly shut down on 1 March, an industry source said on Thursday.

The plant just restarted in end-February after undergoing more than a month of maintenance, but was forced to shut down again due to a minor mechanical problem, the source said.

PETRONAS hopes to be able to restart the unit again over the weekend, as the problem has been resolved, the source said.

The company operates a separate 660,000 tonne/year No 1 methanol plant, which was heard to be running well, according to market sources.

Methanol is used to make formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methylamines, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acetic acid.

Other regional methanol producers include Indonesia’s Kaltim and Brunei Methanol Co.

By: Gabriela Wheeler
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