July 15 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp will restart its 700,000 tonne-per-year (tpy) No. 1 naphtha cracker within two to three months, its spokesman said on Thursday.
But the company is still uncertain when it will shut down its No. 2 cracker for maintenance. This unit was initially scheduled for maintenance on Aug. 20, but the outage at the the No. 1 cracker has disrupted the plan for now.
“The No. 1 cracker will resume operations around end September or October, but we cannot assume that the No.2 cracker will shut for maintenance following that,” he said.
Crackers have to be shut for mandatory inspection every few years, and the 1.03 million-tpy No. 2 cracker was supposed to be taken down for a 30-40 day maintenance.
“We are hoping that we don’t have to shut two crackers at the same time as the impact would be significant,” he added. (Reporting by Seng Li Peng; Editing by Ramthan Hussain)