MOSCOW (MRC) -- Thailand's PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) is in plans to shut its high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant for maintenance turnaround, as per Apic-online.
A Polymerupdate source in Thailand informed that the plant is likely to be shut in Q1, 2014 for maintenance turnaround. The schedule and duration of the turnaround could not ascertained.
Located in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, the plant has a production capacity of 300,000 mt/year.
As MRC wrote previously, PTT Global Chemical has recently awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to SK Engineering and Construction and PTT Maintenance and Engineering for a debottlenecking project that will increase aromatics capacity by 16% to about 1.2-million t/y at its Aromatics II complex in Rayong, Thailand.
The approximately USD128.8-million project will increase paraxylene capacity to 770,000 t/y from 655,000 t/y, benzene capacity to 390,000 t/y from 355,000 t/y and will add 20,000 t/y of orthoxylene capacity. Completion of the expansion is scheduled for the end of 2015.
PTT Global Chemical is a leading player in the petrochemical industry and owns several petrochemical facilities with a combined capacity of 8.45 million tonnes a year. PTTGC is 49% owned by state-controlled parent PTT Pcl, and uses ethane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the gas plant as feedstock for its I4-2 olefins plant.