Thailand’s PTT shuts phenol plant following waste water tank fire

23 August 2016 07:48 Source:ICIS News

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Thailand’s PTT Phenol has shut down its older phenol/acetone plant at Map Ta Phut in Rayong province following a fire at a waste water tank on the morning of 22 August, a company source said on Tuesday.

A fire broke out following an explosion at the tank around 02:00 hours local time (19:00 GMT) on 22 August. The fire was subsequently extinguished at around 04:00 hours.

The producer on Tuesday morning shut down its older plant, which can produce 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 154,000 tonnes/year of acetone, the company source said.

Its new unit “PTT Phenol II”, which can manufacture 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 155,000 tonnes/year of acetone, is still operating, the source said, adding that it is still evaluating the situation.

PTT Phenol has informed its customers to wait for further clarification on the status of their phenol and acetone shipments, the company source added.

A Chinese acetone importer said that its next delivery may not be on schedule, according to a notification from PTT Phenol.

Additional reporting by Helen Han

By Trisha Huang