S Korea’s Hanwha runs PA plant at 20% after unexpected shutdown

Singapore (Platts)–29Dec2011/359 am EST/859 GMT

South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical restarted its 80,000 mt/year phthalic anhydride plant at Ulsan on Wednesday after it was shut unexpectedly on December 22 due to a mechanical problem, a company source said Thursday.

Hanwha is currently operating the plant at a 20% production rate after Wednesday’s restart.

The plant was initially expected to operate at its full nameplate capacity from mid-December onwards after it was shut between October 23-November 19 for scheduled maintenance.

Source: Platts.com –Joycelyn Chua, joycelyn_chua@platts.com