19 February 2014 11:32 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thai producer PTT Phenol plans to bring forward a scheduled turnaround at its phenol/acetone plant at Map Ta Phut in Rayong province because of a feedstock propylene supply shortage, a company source said on Wednesday.
The producer plans to shut down its plant, which can produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 124,000 tonnes/year of acetone, from 26 February for regular maintenance, earlier than its original plan of 1 March, the source said.
PTT Phenol has shut down its upstream 270,000 tonne/year cumene unit after affiliate PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) halted propylene output on 17 February to carry out repair work, the source explained.
However, PTT Phenol has been able to continue running its phenol/acetone plant using existing cumene inventories, the source added.
Cumene, which is derived from benzene and propylene, is a feedstock for phenol/acetone.
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