10 April 2013 11:17 [Source: ICIS news]
BRISBANE (ICIS)--China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) is bringing forward the planned turnaround at its 100,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line in Toufen, Taiwan to this weekend, citing current weak demand for the product, a company source said on Wednesday.
The shutdown may also extend up to six weeks if market conditions failed to improve, the source said.
The plant was originally scheduled to be taken off line late this month for three weeks of maintenance, the source said.
Operating rates at the Toufen capro line are currently being lowered in preparation for the shutdown this weekend, the source said.
CPDC has a new 100,000 tonne/year capro line at the site that was completed in 2012 but has yet to begin operations.
The start-up of the second line has been delayed because of poor economics, and the company has yet to fix a date when the line will start production, the source said.
Meanwhile, CPDC is running its 200,000 tonne/year line at Kaohsiung at around 85% of capacity, the source said.
CPDC is the sole capro producer in Taiwan.
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