APIC ’13: Taiwan’s UPC to shut Zhuhai PA line in mid-May

10 May 2013 09:59  [Source: ICIS news]

TAIPEI (ICIS)--Taiwan’s UPC plans to shut its phthalic anhydride (PA) line in Zhuhai in the second half of May for a catalyst change, a company source said.

“We are planning to do a catalyst change in the PA line in Zhuhai. The line will be shut for about 30 days,” the company source added.

The source was speaking at the sidelines of the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) being held in Taipei on 9-10 May.

Earlier in the year, UPC had shut its PA line in Kaohsiung for a month in order to carry out a similar catalyst change in an attempt to have the flexibility to switch to naphthalene as feedstock.

Currently, the lines in Zhuhai and Kaohsiung are running at 80-90%, said the company source.

Both Zhuhai and Kaohsiung lines have a nameplate capacity of 45,000 tonnes/year.

By: Hazel Kumari
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