Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals methanol plant No 2 still shut

02 August 2013 09:57  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG) has kept its 1.7m tonne/year No 2 methanol plant in Labuan shut, delaying resumption of operations because of equipment issues, a company source said on Friday.

The plant was taken off line on 15 July for maintenance and was supposed to be restarted in end-July.

The company hopes to resolve the issues as soon as possible, the source said, but could not give an estimate on the restart date.

PCG also has a 660,000 tonne/year No 1 methanol unit at the site.

The company has plans to conduct maintenance at the two methanol units in September.

Methanol is used to manufacture formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methylamines, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acetic acid.

By: Heng Hui
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