18 March 2013 09:29 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PT Amoco Mitsui Indonesia (AMI) has been running its 460,000 tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit in Merak at low rates since the restart on 8 March because of mechanical issues, a company source said on Monday.
The company restarted the unit on 8 March after completing a 13-day scheduled maintenance, but was unable to run the unit at full operating rate, because of mechanical issues with its air compressor, the source said.
It is unclear when the plant will resume full operations as the company is still studying solutions, according to the source.
As a result of the low operating rate, AMI declared on 10 March a force majeure on its PTA supplies to customers, the source added.
AMI said that it is receiving support from its shareholders UK-based BP and Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals to ensure that it fulfils its supply commitments to contract customers.
The PTA plant is a joint venture between BP and Mitsui Chemicals.
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