15 March 2013 05:59 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Nan Ya Plastics restarted its 720,000 tonne/year No 4 monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit in Mailiao on 13 March after maintenance but plans a turnaround of the unit in April, a company source said on Friday.
The MEG unit was shut on 18 February because of a mechanical fault at its reactor.
The restart schedule wasdelayed once as new problems were identified.
“We have raised operating rates at the unit to around 70-80% capacity, and will keep the rate until another shutdown in April,” the source said.
Nan Ya will take the unit off line for 40 days in early April to complete a change catalyst, the source said.
The turnaround was planned in the beginning of the year, he added.
Meanwhile, Nan Ya plans to shut its 360,000 tonne/year No 1 MEG unit at the same site in end-March for around 7-10 day of maintenance to fix remaining technical problems at the facility, the source said.
The shutdown has been postponed from end-February because of the outage at the No 4 plant.
The current operating rates at Nan Ya’s three MEG units, 360,000 tonnes/year each, at Mailiao is around 90% capacity, the source said.
“We have to continue cutting allocations to Chinese customers in April because of the shutdowns,” the source said although he did not specify the quantities they will cut.
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