Taiwan’s TPCC delays trial run at new Kaohsiung MA plant to end-July

06 June 2014 00:00 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan Prosperity Chemical Corp (TPCC) will delay commencing trial runs at its new 40,000 tonne/year maleic anhydride (MA) line in Kaohsiung to end-July from the original schedule of end-May, a company source said on Friday.

The delay is because the setup of the unit is taking longer than expected, the source said.

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, slightly earlier than the new MA line, the source said, adding that 90% of the BDO output would be exported.

MA is used as a feedstock in the production of BDO.

Actual production of MA from the new line would also be likely to be pushed back by two months to August/September, 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