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Formosa unexpectedly shut its No. 1 cracker in Taiwan owing to technical glitch

April 13/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Formosa Plastics Company (FPC), part of Formosa Petrochemical, has unexpectedly took off-stream its No. 1 cracker in Mailiao, Taiwan on 12 April 2021 due to an unspecified technical issue, according to CommoPlast.

Market sources said the cracker with an annual capacity of 700,000 tons of ethylene and 350,000 tons of propylene would remain offline for 7 to 10 days, which might not generate any major impact on the downstream productions.

As MRC wrote before, FPC shut down its No.2 cracker in Taiwan on 1 June, 2020. No reason for unplanned closure was given then. The cracker was dle during one week. Located at Mailiao in Taiwan, the No.2 cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 1.03 million mt/year, propylene production capacity of 515,000 mt/year and butadiene production capacity of 162,000 mt/year.

Besides, FPCC undertook a planned shutdown at its No.3 cracker in Mailiao on August 11, 2020. The cracker remained off-line till end-September, 2020. Located at Mailiao in Taiwan, the No. 3 cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and propylene production capacity of 600,000 mt/year.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 241,030 tonnes in January 2021 versus 217,890 tonnes a year earlier. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 141,870 tonnes in January 2021 versus 123,520 tonnes a year earlier. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.

Formosa Petrochemical is involved primarily in the business of refining crude oil, selling refined petroleum products and producing and selling olefins (including ethylene, propylene, butadiene and BTX) from its naphtha cracking operations. Formosa Petrochemical is also the largest olefins producer in Taiwan and its olefins products are mostly sold to companies within the Formosa Group. Among the company's chemical products are paraxylene (PX), phenyl ethylene, acetone and pure terephthalic acid (PTA). The company"s plastic products include acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resins, polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP) and panlite (PC).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, Formosa, Russia, Taiwan.
Category:General News
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