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Formosa Petrochemical expects naphtha cracker to resume operations within 7-10 days

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Reuters is reporting that Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp is expected to restart a 700 000 tpy naphtha cracker in approximately 7 to 10 days, after the unit failed to resume normal operation on Monday as planned, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

The unit was idled unexpectedly early Monday due to minor glitches and was to restart later in the same day.

The sudden shutdown has affected some of its structure however, preventing Formosa from restarting the unit as planned, the spokesman said.

Formosa, Asia’s biggest naphtha importer, has two other larger crackers that have a combined capacity of 2.23 million tpy - both are operating normally.

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