Thailand’s PTTGC shuts naphtha cracker to fix technical issues

02 May 2013 09:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) shut its 515,000 tonne/year mixed-feed I-4 No 1 cracker at Map Ta Phut on 1 May, a day earlier than expected, a company source said on Thursday.

The shutdown was scheduled to fix technical issues that had been keeping the plant running at reduced rates. Prior to the shutdown, the plant was running at 75% of capacity.

The cracker, which mainly uses naphtha feed, is expected to restart around 13 May, the source said.

The unit is also expected to undergo 30-40 days of scheduled maintenance, likely from 1 August.

PTTGC runs three other gas crackers at the site with a combined nameplate ethylene capacity of 1.86m tonnes/year.

By: Peh Soo Hwee
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