Taiwan's GPPC shuts SM unit on technical issues

31 July 2013 11:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan's Grand Pacific Petrochemical Corp (GPPC) has shut one of its Kaohsiung-based 250,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) unit on 28 July for 10 days on the back of technical issues, a company source said on Wednesday.

"The plant was taken offline on Sunday afternoon," the source said.

“The shutdown should not take more than 10 days,” he added.

The estimated production loss for SM is at 6,000 tonnes, while 5,000 tonnes of extra benzene will be incurred because of the shutdown, said the source.

GPPC's other 130,000 tonne/year SM facility, located at the same site, is operating at full capacity, he added.


Additional reporting by Clive Ong.

Author: Sheau Ling Ong

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