17 May 2013 08:02 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s Bangkok Synthetics (BST) will run its 140,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) unit at a reduced rate of 90% throughout the second quarter until its new joint venture solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) plant starts up, a company source said.
The new 50,000 tonne/year S-SBR plant, a joint venture between Japan’s JSR Corp and BST Elastomer (BSTE), is scheduled to start up in the third quarter, the company source added.
BST supplies BD to BSTE’s 75,000 tonne/year emulsion SBR (E-SBR) and 55,000 tonne/year butadiene rubber (BR) plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand.
An explosion and fire in May 2012 damaged the BST Elastomer’s E-SBR and BR units.
The BR unit was severely damaged and is still shut while the E-SBR plant restarted in March this year and is operating at 100% of capacity, according to a company source.
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