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PTT Chemical Readies Cracker Start-up; Forecasts 30% Revenue Growth

4:00 AM MST | December 31, 2009 | Natasha Alperowicz

PTT Chemical (Bangkok) says it will start-up its 1 million m.t./year ethylene plant at Map Ta Phut, Thailand in early 2010. Some of the ethane feedstock will initially be diverted from an existing Olefins 1 cracker, which will undergo maintenace. The switch in feedstock is necessary following a decision by the Thai government to suspend 65 projects at Map Ta Phut, due to their owners' failure to conduct health impact assessments. The suspended projects include seven PTT Chem's facilities as well as parent company PTT Group's sixth gas-separation plant. PTT...

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