SINGAPORE, April 18 Taiwan's CPC restarted its
500,000 tonnes per year (tpy) No. 5 naphtha cracker on Monday
after shutting it on April 6 because of a fire, but operating
rates were kept below 80 percent of its capacity for now,
traders said on Wednesday.
They added that operating rates have to be kept low because
a butadiene unit has remained shut after the fire. It was not
immediately clear when CPC would be able to restore runs at the
It operates two other crackers with a total capacity of
610,000 tonnes, both of which are running normally.
CPC also owns three refineries across Taiwan - a 220,000
barrels per day (bpd) plant in Kaohsiung, a 200,000 bpd refinery
in Taoyuan and a 300,000 bpd plant in Talin.
The crackers are in Kaohsiung.
(Reporting by Seng Li Peng; Editing by Himani Sarkar)