Mitsubishi Chem to restart Indonesia PTA units next week

15 August 2013 10:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Mitsubishi Chemical plans to restart its two purified terephthalic acid (PTA) units in Indonesia early next week after a recent power outage, a company source said on Thursday.

The two 330,000 tonne/year PTA units at Merak in Jawa Barat were shut on 11 August because of a power blackout, the source said.

The company plans to restart the two units one after another next week in order to avoid any problem with power load, the source said.

The production losses for the No 1 and No 2 units are estimated at 10 days’ worth and 7 days’ worth of production, he added but did not specify actual loss in tonnage.

The impact of the unexpected shutdown is limited, according to a major polyester maker in Indonesia. 

The downstream polyester plants in Indonesia are running at lower rates due to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr holiday reducing PTA demand, the polyester maker said.


By: Becky Zhang
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