Malaysia’s PETRONAS restarts ethylene oxide, ethanolamines units

26 July 2013 07:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG) has restarted its 140,000 tonne/year ethylene oxide (EO) facility, including its 75,000 tonnes/year ethanolamines unit in Kerteh, Terengganu, industry sources said on Friday.

The units were restarted late on 24 July, they added.

On-spec production was achieved, however, the volumes are limited, one source said.

PCG had declared a force majeure at its 140,000 tonne/year EO facility in Kerteh on 28 June, a company source had said.

The EO plant, along with the EO derivative units at the site, which include the ethanolamines unit, was shut on 21 June because of equipment failure.

Meanwhile, the ethanolamines unit is scheduled for maintenance in early September, another source close to the company said.

The turnaround will last for approximately 45 days, the source said.

By: Felicia Loo

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