Taiwan’s CPC delays start-up of No 6 cracker in Linyuan to Q3 ’13

16 April 2013 04:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s CPC Corp has pushed back the start-up of its new 600,000 tonne/year No 6 naphtha cracker in Linyuan to the third quarter of this year, a company source said on Tuesday.

“The local residents in the area do not want the cracker to start up possibly because of environmental concerns,” the source said in Mandarin.

CPC Corp had earlier targeted to bring the No 6 cracker on stream by 1 June.

The company in June 2012 mothballed its 230,000 tonne/year No 3 naphtha cracker at the same Linyuan site to make way for the new cracker.

As there are no new downstream facilities in Linyuan, this means ethylene and propylene are expected to be available for export after CPC Corp meets domestic demand.

CPC Corp also operates a 385,000 tonne/year No 4 naphtha cracker in Linyuan and a 500,000 tonne/year No 5 naphtha cracker in Kaohsiung.

Both No 4 and 5 crackers are running at 95% capacity in April compared with 100% in March, the source said.

Separately, CPC is expected to raise the operating rate at its residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) in its Dalin refinery to 70-80% capacity in the second half of April, the source added.

The RFCC, which was started up in early November 2012, was said to be running at an average 50-60% capacity in the first quarter of this year. It can produce 400,000-450,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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