Taiwan’s FCFC to restart No 2 aromatics unit after brief shutdown

06 May 2013 06:06  [Source: ICIS news]

TAIPEI (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (FCFC) plans to restart its No 2 aromatics units at its facility in Mailiao by this week or the beginning of the coming week, company sources said on Monday.

“The No 2 aromatics unit was shut as safety checks were needed,” the source added.

The No 2 aromatics unit was initially still running despite the fire incident at the Mailiao site but it was later shut for safety checks and inspections. The plant is expected to be restarted by the end of the week, the company source said.

“The restart of the unit maybe delayed to next week,” a separate company source said, adding that the outage may take one to two weeks to finish.

Each aromatics unit at Mailiao has a reformer, a toluene disproportionation (TDP) unit and a paraxylene (PX) unit.

The No 2 aromatics unit is able to produce 580,000 tonnes/year of PX, 100,000 tonnes/year of isomer xylenes, and 470,000 tonnes/year of benzene.

Meanwhile, the No 1 aromatics plant at the same site that is able to produce 270,000 tonnes/year of PX and 130,000 tonnes/year of benzene is on schedule to be restarted in the following week, one of the sources said.

The No 1 aromatics plant was shut in end-March for scheduled maintenance.

The No 3 aromatics facility, which has a nameplate capacity of 870,000 tonnes/year of PX, 100,000 tonnes/year of isomer xylenes, and 470,000 tonnes/year of benzene, is running at almost full capacity, he added.

Additional reporting by Ong Sheau Ling

By: Samuel Wong

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