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Formosa waiting for government decision about the No. 2 cracker

July 28/2010

(plastemart) -- Taiwan"s Formosa Petrochemical awaits a decision from the government on the deferral from August to October of a scheduled turnaround at its No. 2 naphtha-fed steam cracker in Mailiao with capacity to produce 1.03 mln tpa ethylene and 515,000 tpa propylene.An application was filed in mid July to postpone the 40-45 day turnaround scheduled to begin on August 21, after a fire broke out in first week July at its No. 1 steam cracker with capacity to produce 700,000 tpa ethylene and 350,000 tpa propylene, has been offline since the July 7 fire.

 

The application to delay the turnaround at the No. 2 unit may not meet with government approval due to the company"s poor safety record. Formosa has had two fires within a month, spoiling its safety record. The No.2 cracker and the No. 3 steam cracker were unaffected by both fires and are currently operating normally.

 

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 Formosa

The share in the Russian market in 2008:
 PVC-S Ц 3.0%;

PP Ц 0.4%.

Annual growth sales in Russia :
 PVC Ц 79 % (over the last year) ;

PP Ц 272 % (over the last 3 years).

Supply by processing technologies:
profile extrusion

 film extrusion

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