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Fires HIt Formosa’s Taiwan site

August 9, 2010

Formosa Petrochemical says it is restarting two of its three crude distillation units at the company’s Mailiao, Taiwan petrochemical complex after a July 25 fire which shut the 540,000-bpd refinery and some downstream units. This is the second fire at the site in the past month. The company’s 700,000-m.t./year ethylene cracker was shuttered on July 7, after a leak in the distillation tower sparked a fire. That cracker is expected to start up sometime in September or early October, sources say. Two-thirds of the site’s refining capacity could be back online...

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