Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals runs ethanolamines unit at 100%

06 August 2013 11:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG) is operating its 75,000 tonnes/year ethanolamines unit in Kerteh, Terengganu, at full capacity, industry sources said on Tuesday.

“The plant is ramping up [production],” said one source, adding that the company is building inventories ahead of a scheduled maintenance starting in early September.

The turnaround at the ethanolamines unit next month will last about 45 days, sources said.

Because of the upcoming maintenance, the company is allocating limited supplies to regular buyers, sources said.

On 30 July, PETRONAS lifted a force majeure in place since 28 June, after having restarted its 140,000 tonne/year ethylene oxide (EO) facility, including its 75,000 tonnes/year ethanolamines unit in Kerteh, Terengganu, on 24 July, sources said.

The force majeure was declared as the company’s 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.

By: Felicia Loo

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