SCG-Dow maintains high run rates at PO unit, but may cut exports

28 March 2013 10:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--SCG-DOW’s 390,000 tonne/year propylene oxide (PO) plant at the Asia Industrial Estate site near Map Ta Phut, Thailand, is currently running at levels above 90% capacity, market sources said on Thursday.

Company officials are only willing to confirm that the PO plant is operating “smoothly”,  but they have so far declined to confirm exact figures. 

They have also indicated that the company is mulling curbs to its PO export availability to other countries such as China and South Korea because of captive demand, as its downstream 150,000 tonne/year mono propylene glycol (MPG) unit has started commercial production in early March, although exact run rates are not known.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, the company has exported an average quantity of 10,000-20,000 tonnes of PO every month.

SCG-Dow is a joint venture between Dow Chemical and Siam Cement Group (SCG).

By: Jingyi Chan
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