Taiwan's CPC Kaohsiung TDP No 1 unit shut for turnaround

15 November 2013 08:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--CPC Corp’s No 1 toluene disproportionation (TDP) unit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is currently shut for turnaround, a company source said on Friday.

The plant was taken off line early this week, the source said, but the exact duration of the shutdown was not specified by the company.

“We are adjusting the run rates at our various aromatics unit. This turnaround is part of the adjustment,” he said.

In end-October, CPC shut its No 2 TDP facility and its 250,000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) unit because of weak price spread between feedstock mixed xylenes and PX.

The two TDP units and PX plant should resume operations in second half of November, the source said.

The No 1 and No 2 TDP facilities have a combined benzene capacity of 170,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

CPC also operates No 3, No 5, No 6 and No 7 aromatics plants in Kaohsiung, with the No 7 facility still in trial operations after starting up in early September, the source said.

Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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