Taiwan’s TPCC delays trial runs at new Kaohsiung MA plant

11 July 2014 07:58 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan Prosperity Chemical Corp (TPCC) has further delayed the trial runs at its new 40,000 tonne/year maleic anhydride (MA) line in Kaohsiung to perform further equipment tests, a company source said on Friday.

Details on the revised start-up dates for the line will be announced once it is confirmed, the source said.

The unit was initially scheduled to start up in end-May but this was later revised to end-July, according to the source.

The new line will double the company’s MA capacity at the site to 80,000 tonnes/year.

The company is also expected to start up a new 40,000 tonne/year butanediol (BDO) plant at the site ahead of the new MA line, which is used as a feedstock in the production of BDO, according to the company source.

Some 90% of the BDO output from the new plant is expected to be exported.

Commercial production of MA from the new line would likely start one to two months after trial run at the unit commences, with the bulk of the additional volume to be used for its BDO production once work on the pipes linking the new MA line to the BDO unit is completed, the source said.

The remaining output would be sold in the Taiwanese domestic market, with any excess to be exported, the source added.

Upon the start-up of the new line, TPCC will become the largest of four Taiwanese MA producers in terms of nameplate capacity.

By Matthew Chong