Thailand’s Advanced Biochemical restarts ECH plant after outage

29 July 2014 11:06 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) restarted its 100,000 tonne/year epichlorohydrin (ECH) plant in Map Ta Phut on 28 July, a company source said on Tuesday.

The unit was shut on 19 July due to technical issues at an upstream vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant, which provides it the required hydrogen chloride (HCL) for the production of ECH, the source said.

The VCM plant restarted at the same time as the ECH plant, the source said.

The company is targeting an average operating rate of around 70% in July and August for the ECH plant, on the expectations that downstream epoxy resins demand will pick up, the source said.

Advanced Biochemical (Thailand), a subsidiary of Belgian producer Solvay, is the largest ECH producer in southeast Asia and the only glycerine-based producer in Asia outside of China.

Propylene is the more commonly used feedstock for ECH production.

By Matthew Chong