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台湾プラスチック(FPC)    Group Major Products                                  

事業

概要   No.6 Naphtha Project

麦寮コンビナート   2002/11 エチレン増強完了   

麦寮で第3期エチレン計画   

  Third Cracker at Mailiao  Formosa sees new cracker completion by early next year

Formosa Plastics gets govt backing for Phase IV expansion

Formosa Plastics expands capacity at Mailiao complex.

中国計画 → 2002/5 台湾政府、PVC計画承認  中国税関にVCM輸入・製品輸出申請

Taiwan's FPC to delay startup of Ningbo PVC project

         Citibank to loan to Formosa Chemical for ABS & PVC in mainland China

         Formosa Plastics plans acrylates complex in China.

   Formosa Plastics gains OK for Acrylic Ester and PS China plants

   Formosa Plastics plans 300,000t PP plant in Ningbo  → 450,000t

     China's Formosa PP (Ningbo) delays new PP unit start to Q2 2007

      Taiwan Formosa Plastics likely to start Ningbo PP runs early-Apr

      Formosa targets Ningbo PTA plant start-up during April

450,000 mt/year polypropylene plant
300,000 mt/year polyvinyl chloride plant and
300,000 mt/year acrylic ester plant.

   【台湾】台プラ、寧波にナフサプラント投資申請へ

   【台湾】台化、寧波のPTA工場に追加投資

   台プラ、30億元で寧波にバース5基増設

   台プラとシノペック、業務提携で交渉   台プラ、報道を否定 

  台プラの対中投資案、1.4億ドルが認可 

台プラのナフサ工場、中国国務院に申請

FPG May Forgo Ningbo Mega Ethylene Project

台プラ、江蘇省呉淞江に繊維生産拠点

Formosa to complete construction of Ningbo ethylene tank by 2007

  Formosa Plastics Group Plans to Invest in China Mainland

王永慶董事長インタビュー    

米でBordenからPVCプラント購入

FPC、PP子会社の持ち株比率98%に

Formosa to Form Holding Company ; Plans acrylic Esters Plant in China

旭化成 イオン交換膜法食塩電解設備受注

Formosa to build new 400 kt/yr EDC plant by 2004-2005

Formosa advances naphtha cracker completion by a year to 2006

Formosa plans 50kt PP debottlenecking for mid-November

【台湾】台プラのベトナム拠点、4月に生産開始

台塑石化、プロピレン増産で中国へ供給

台湾プラスチック、12月にMMA生産能力を1.4万t増の8.4万tに (Jchem News 2004/8/27)

【台湾】長春、台プラ第6ナフサに大型投資

台プラの石油精製工場、雲林に建設計画

テキサスのフォモサプラスチックで爆発事故

Formosa Plastics Point Comfort Plant Resuming Operations

Taiwan's Nan Ya Plastics Corp aims to start new BPA line by Oct

Taiwan's FCFC to bring new PS plant in Ningbo online in October

Taiwan's FCFC mulls start-up of new PTA plant before June 2008

Formosa Petrochemical: To Build Butadiene Rubber Plant In China


事業 

 台湾(別紙「台湾の石化」の青字がFPCの事業)USA (+中国計画) 


台湾プラスチック概要   (1999年時点)

1.台湾プラスチック
1954年10月、王永慶現会長が設立した台プラグループの中核企業で、塩ビ関連事業が半分を占める。

2.南亜プラスチック
58年8月に設立された台湾最大のポリエステル繊維メーカーであり、民間企業では台湾最大の売上高規模を誇る。

3.台塑石化
92年5月、台湾プラスチック40%/南亜プラスチック30%/台湾化学繊維30%出資合弁会社として資本金150億元で設立された。雲林県麦寮区に大規模な石油化学コンプレックスを建設


(化学工業日報 2000/10/26)

麦寮コンビナート

偉容現す台湾「麦寮コンビナート」   
   エチレン135万トン体制 47プラント順次稼働へ  

世界が注目し、アジアの石油・石油化学の構図を大きく塗り替えるとみられる台湾プラスチック(FPC)グループが推進する一大プロジェクト「麦寮コンービナート」。47のプラント群が林立し、36万トンのタンカーが岸壁に横付けしている姿は壮観である。


化学工業日報 2002/6/26

台湾FPC、麦寮で第3期エチレン計画

台湾プラスチック(FPC)グループは、台湾・雲林県麦寮の石化コンビナートで、年産150万トンのエチレン設備を中心とした第3期石化計画の検討を開始した。


Formosa Petrochemical Okays Third Cracker at Mailiao
http://www.chemchannels.com/chemchannel/homepage/General/Newprojects/newproject.asp

Company :
Type :
Date :
Detail :
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPC; Taipei)
Individual
Running and will be completed in second-halr year 2006.
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPC; Taipei) says its board has approved construction of a previously announced naphtha cracker at Mailiao, Taiwan. The unit will cost NT$25 billion ($724.6 billion) and will have capacity for
1.2 million m.t./year of ethylene, 600,000 m.t./year of propylene, and 170,000 m.t./year of butadiene *, says Wilfred Wang, executive v.p. Completion is scheduled for second-half of 2006. FPC says it has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Taipei) for approval of the third cracker. ABB Lummus Global has begun basic engineering.
FPC has two ethylene plants at Mailiao, with a combined capacity of 1.7 million m.t./year. Downstream producers at the complex have requested that FPC build a third cracker to meet additional raw material requirements from planned downstream expansions, FPC says. Three members of the Formosa group jointly own 90% of FPC. They are Formosa Chemicals & Fibres Corp. (FCFC), Formosa Plastics, and Nan Ya Plastics. FPC employees hold the rest.
Nan Ya is completing its third ethylene glycol (EG) plant and planning a fourth unit there; FCFC is planning a third styrene plant; and Formosa Plastics is planning to expand vinyl chloride monomer capacity, FPC says.
FPC will fund the project mainly from cash flow, and the rest from bank loans, the company says. FPC forecasts a more than doubling of net profits in 2003, to NT$17.8 billion, on sales up 30%, to NT$220 billion. Separately, the parents of FPC plan a separate listing for the company on the Taipei Stock Exchange next November, Wang says.

* and a 3rd aromatic unit which is able to produce 1.1 million tons of aromatics annually. (APIC 2006 台湾資料)


Platts 2006/10/16

Taiwan's Formosa sees
new cracker completion by early next year

Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical expects to complete its third cracker in Mai Liao by early next year, a company source said Monday. The cracker will have a nameplate ethylene capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and a propylene capacity of 600,000 mt/year.

In related plant news, completion of Taiwan's Nan Ya Plastics's new 600,000 mt/year monoethylene glycol line in Mai Liao has been delayed to March next year at the earliest due to difficulties in securing and fitting of plant equipment and electronics.


Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.    

 http://www.fpcusa.com/

 

1981 StaufferからDelaware工場買収
1983 Texas(Point Comfort)工場建設       
2002年増設
1990 Louisiana(Baton Rouge)工場建設
2002  to Purchase Illiopolis, Illinois, Facility from Borden Chemicals and Plastics

Capacities(単位:million pounds)  2002

  Delaware Illinois Louisiana Texas

Caustic

+

+

450

*   1,785

EDC

+

+

547

*   2,135

PVC Suspension Resin

+

+

918

 1,266

PVC Dispersion Resin

144

+

+

+

Specialty PVC Resins
Commodity PVC Resins

+

   200
   200

+

+

VCM

+

+

1,410

840

Ethylene Gas

+

+

+

3,411

HDPE

+

+

+

1,484

LLDPE

+

+

+

582

PP

+

+

++

1,495
+140

* The Ion Exchange Membrane (IEM) Plant, which produces caustic and chlorine, and the
  EDC Plant are owned by Formosa Plastics Corporation, America and managed by FPC TX.


Chemical Week Mar 06, 2002  

Formosa Starts Up PE and PP Units at Point Comfort

Formosa Plastics says it has brought a 550-million lbs/year high-density polyethylene (PE) unit and a 350-million lbs/year polypropylene (PP) unit at Point Comfort, TX onstream. The PP unit is the second train of a 700-million lbs/year plant; the first train came onstream last April.

Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. together with its subsidiaries (Formosa), is a full-service manufacturer and supplier of plastic resins and petrochemicals. Our operations include chemical and petrochemical manufacturing, natural gas drilling, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) downstream processing.
Formosa's plastic resins and petrochemicals are manufactured at four chemical manufacturing subsidiaries:
Formosa Plastics Corporation, Delaware (dispersion PVC); Formosa Plastics Corporation, Illinois (specialty and commodity PVC); Formosa Plastics Corporation, Louisiana (caustic soda, EDC, suspension PVC, and VCM); and Formosa Plastics Corporation, Texas (caustic soda, EDC, suspension PVC, VCM, ethylene, HDPE, LLDPE, and PP).

Energy and raw materials for our chemical manufacturing operations are supplied by three additional subsidiaries acquired in 1988:
Lavaca Pipe Line Company (natural gas transmission), Neumin Production Company (exploration and production of natural gas and oil), and Formosa Hydrocarbons Company, Inc. (gas processing). Formosa processes these raw materials into energy (electricity and steam) and intermediates (ethylene and propylene gas) used in the manufacture of our products, helping to ensure consistent quality and uninterrupted supply.

Acquired in 1982,
J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc. (J-M) produces PVC pipe for sewer, water main, and general construction applications. J-M has grown to be the world's largest manufacturer of PVC pipe with 1999 sales exceeding $500 million. J-M operates 14 plants throughout the U.S. with some of the most modern production facilities in North America.

In 1994, Formosa formed the
Formosa Transrail Corporation to operate and maintain its newly acquired rail fleet. Consisting primarily of new, large volume railcars, the fleet transports products to customers across North America and Mexico, allowing the company to expedite all rail shipments and helping to ensure on-time deliveries.

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In 1978, we began to invest in the United States, in order to secure a supply of petrochemical materials. We selected the United States as the location for our overseas investments because, in addition to rich natural resources and well-established legal, political, and economic systems, the country possessed an excellent infrastructure and a well-educated workforce.

After years of effort, Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A., Nan Ya Plastics Corporation USA, Formosa Plastics Corporation, America, and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America were established. In addition, J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc. and Neumin Production Company were acquired. Presently, we own several large petrochemical plants, secondary and tertiary processing plants, and natural gas wells.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and its related products were the original product groups in our U.S. operations. Currently, our annual production capacity for PVC resin has reached 971,000 MT. FPC is the largest U. S. producer of PVC pipe (840,000 MT/year), PVC rigid film (105,000 MT/year), and PVC flexible film (96,000 MT/year).

Widening our scope of operations, we now have a polyester plant in South Carolina (860,000 MT/year) and an ethylene glycol plant in Texas (327,000 MT/year). Due to the quality and fair pricing of our products, the demand has been exceptionally high.
To further vertically integrate our production, in 1990 we invested U.S.$1.9 billion to build the first olefins plant and 8 related petrochemical intermediate plants. In 1994, we successfully launched our expansion project. Followed by the completion of a second olefins plant in 2002, we now can produce 1,500,000 MT/year of ethylene, 860,000 MT/year of polyethylene, 630,000 MT/year of polypropylene, 1,008,000 MT/year of NaOH, and 1,200,000 MT/year of ethylene dichloride. Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. is a single-source supplier of PVC, PP, and PE with the capability of modifying production to meet varying market demands.

In 1990, we set up the Inteplast Corporation, a state of the art facility in Texas, for production of BOPP, stretch film, XF film, PP corrugated sheet, Rigid PVC Sheet, foam board, and PE shopping bags.

PVC Resin 97,100 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A
VCM 1,021,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A
Caustic Soda 1,008,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A, Formosa Plastics Corporation, America
Chlorine 896,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A, Formosa Plastics Corporation, America
EDC 1,209,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A, Formosa Plastics Corporation, America
Ethylene 1,500,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A
Propylene 644,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A
HDPE 600,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A
PP 630,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A
LLDPE 264,000 Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A
EG 327,000 Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America
PVE Rigid Pipe 840,000 J-M
Polyester Staple Fiber 860,000 Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America
Flexible PVC Film 960,000 Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America
Rigid PVC Film 105,600 Nan Ya Plastics Corporation USA
BOPP 120,000 Inteplast
Stretch Film 32,000 Inteplast
PE Bags 198,000 Inteplast
XF Film 76,000 Inteplast
PP Corrugated Sheet 65,000 Inteplast
PVC Sheet 40,000 Inteplast
Concentrates 30,000 Inteplast
Natural Gas 8,472,00000MMBTU Neumin
Condensate 284,000 BBLS Neumin
Liquefied Natural Gas 582,000 BBLS Neumin

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In 1932 Yung-ching Wang borrowed $200 from his father, a Taiwanese tea merchant, to buy a rice mill near the town of Jiayi. The mill was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1944, but Wang went on to make a fortune in timber and founded Formosa Plastics, a small polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant, in 1954. He bought the technology from the Japanese, later joking that he didn't even know then what the "P" in PVC stood for.

At first Wang had trouble finding buyers for his PVC resins. In 1958 he set up his own resin processor, Nan Ya Plastics, and later formed Formosa Chemicals & Fibre to make rayon backing for PVC leather (1965). For the next 15 years, the company grew into the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), an exclusively Taiwanese enterprise.

Between 1980 and 1988 Wang bought 14 US PVC manufacturers, including Imperial Chemical's vinyl chloride monomer plant (1981), Stauffer Chemical's PVC plant (1981), and Manville Corporation's PVC businesses (1983). He started building a Texas PVC plant in 1981 and cut construction costs up to 40% by importing equipment from Taiwan. When the PVC market became saturated in the mid-1980s, Wang diversified, building plants to make semiconductor chemicals.

Wang bought several Texas-based oil and gas properties in 1988, including 218 producing wells, a gas-processing plant, and a pipeline firm. Faced with stricter pollution controls in Taiwan, Wang began building an ethylene plant in Point Comfort, Texas, in 1988.

In 1992 Wang wanted to build an ethylene complex in mainland China, where there were no pollution controls. Taiwan balked at the proposal, suggesting that FPG build at home. Attempting to circumvent a Taiwanese law against direct investment in the mainland, Wang sought Chinese approval through subsidiary Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. In 1993 Chinese authorities rejected a plan that would require them to finance up to two-thirds of a $7 billion petrochemical complex.

Formosa Plastics bought bankrupt US computer maker Everex Systems in 1993. Meanwhile, the group's focus again turned to mainland China when
Nan Ya Plastics made plans in 1994 to build three plants along China's Long River.

The 1995 death of Wang's mother (at age 108) set off a power struggle between family factions. The company won licenses in 1996 to build power plants, which would make FPG Taiwan's first private-sector power supplier and end a 50-year government utility monopoly. That year, in defiance of Taiwan's policy of limiting investment in China, FPG announced it would build a power plant there. Pressure from the Taiwanese government put the project on hold in 1997.

FPG upped its investment in a new Taiwanese petrochemical complex in 1998. It formed ventures with Asahi Chemical to make spandex fiber and with France's Renault to make hybrid (gasoline/electric) cars. Also that year the group admitted to combining mercury-laden waste with cement and sneaking the toxic mixture to Cambodia disguised as 3,000 tons of cement block. FPG apologized after villagers living near the dump became ill.

Undaunted by a history of animosity between the two countries, Formosa Plastics and FPG's other flagship companies in 1999 invested a 60% stake in the production of power plants in the Chinese province of Fujian. The following year, the company announced plans to build a PVC plant in China as well.

   

 


中国計画 

(化学工業日報 2001/5/28

  台湾FPC    中国にエチレン拠点   独自出資 
   04年、100万トン超計画  誘導品で日本と合弁も

台湾プラスチック(FPC)グループが、中国にエチレン年産100万−120万トンを頂点とした世界規模の石油化学コンプレックスを建設する方向で検討に入った。総投資額は約60億ドルで、うち約20億ドルは自己資金でまかなう見通し。立地は逝江省・寧波と江蘇省・太昌(上海近郊)が有力候補で、早ければ2004年にも完成させる。


Financial Times Information 2002/5/21

FPG to start developing petrochemical zone in mainland China

Chairman Wang Yung-ching of the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) estimated the group will have to inject a combined NT$150 billion to have complete manufacturing operations at a special petrochemical zone in Ningbo, in mainland China's Zejiang Province(逝江省・寧波). Wang made the estimation after the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) gave the long-waited approval to Formosa Plastics Corp.'s (FPC) US$49 million investment plan in the mainland to build a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) factory.


The Taiwan Economic News May 21, 2002 

Government OKs Formosa Plastics, Hon Hai projects in China


The
US$49 million project of the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), one of Taiwan's top plastics suppliers, has been withheld by government for around one year.

FPG's plan is to build a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China. The investment capital will be remitted to mainland China within three months. It will take two or three years to complete the construction of the factory, which is expected have
a production capacity of 300,000 tons of PVC a year.


Chemical Week 2002/6/26

Registers China PVC Plant with Customs Authorities

Formosa Plastics says it has registered with China's customs authorities its previously announced 300,000-m.t./year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Ningbo for imports of raw materials and exports of finished product.

 


Asia Chemical Weekly 2003-12-18

Taiwan's FPC to delay startup of Ningbo PVC project

Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC) has delayed the startup of its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) project in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, to October 2004, according to a company source.

Originally due onstream in the middle of 2004, the 300 000 tonne/year plant was rescheduled for mechanical completion in August 2004.


2004-10-19 China Chemical Information Net

FPC delays PVC start-up again.

The start up of Formosa Plastic Corp's 300,000 tonnes/y PVC facilityat Ningbo, China, has been put back, for the second time, to the end of 2004. Start up was initially planned for mid-2004.


(化学経済 2001/2

王永慶董事長インタビュー 

この人に聞く   台湾プラスチックグループ 王永慶董事長
   人の10倍考え、10倍の努力で克服  

台湾最大の民間企業グループである台湾プラスチックグループは2000年には雲林県麦寮にアジア最大の石油化学コンビナートを完成,稼働を開始した。
塩化ビニル樹脂(PVC)日産4トンからスタートした同社は奇跡的な成長を遂げた同国の象徴ともいえる存在である。

PVC生産能力1000倍に

麦寮石化コンビナート軌道に  

怖くないシンガポール石化製品

 


Formosa 2002/3/8 発表

Formosa Announces Intent to Purchase Illiopolis, Illinois, Facility from Borden Chemicals and Plastics Operating Limited Partnership
    http://www.fpcusa.com/comm/news/pr030802.html

Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. (Formosa) today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Illiopolis, Illinois-based polyvinyl chloride (PVC) operations of Borden Chemicals and Plastics Operating Limited Partnership (BCP). The transaction is subject to approval in bankruptcy court.


New York (Platts)--28Mar2002


The US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware Thursday approved the bid by Formosa Plastics Corporation, Delaware, to acquire the assets and operations of Borden Chemicals and Plastics' polyvinyl chloride plant in Illiopolis, Illinois, for approximately $35-mil, subject to adjustments for working capital and other items.

Discussions continue concerning disposition of BCP's plant in Geismar, Louisiana, said Mark Schneider, president and chief executive officer, BCP Management, the general partner of BCP.


CHEMICAL WEEK NEWSWIRE Mar 11, 2002

Formosa Agrees to Acquire BCP's Illinois Vinyls Unit

(略)

BCP, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last spring, is required to place its Illiopolis plant on the auction block before it can be sold to Formosa. Other interested parties can submit bids through March 21. If other bids are received, the auction will be held on March 25. BCP idled the Illiopolis unit early last year, citing weak market demand. BCP recently completed the sale of its 600-million lbs/year PVC plant at Addis, LA to Shintech. The sale leaves BCP with its 275-million lbs/year plant at Geismar.


化学工業日報 2002/6/17 

FPC、PP子会社の持ち株比率98%に

台湾の大手石化メーカーの台湾プラスチックス(FPC)は、ポリプロピレン(PP)子会社の永嘉化学工業の持ち株比率を49%から98%に引き上げた。


化学工業日報 2002/11/21

台湾FPC、麦寮でエチレン増強完了へ

台湾プラスチック(FPC)グループの台塑石油化学(FPCC)が進めていたエチレン設備の増強がこのほど完了、同社のエチレン年産能力は160万トンとなったことが明らかになった。


2002/12/2 Chemical Week

Formosa to Form Holding Company; Plans Esters Plant in China

The firms to be merged are Formosa Plastics; Formosa Chemicals & Fibre; Nan Ya Plastics; Formosa Petrochemical; and Formosa Taffeta.

Formosa says it plans to apply to the Taiwanese government for approval to build a 230,000-m.t./year acrylic esters plant at Ningbo, China. The plant will cost $163 million, Formosa says.

 


December 11, 2002 Financial Times 

Citibank, Bank of China to jointly lead US$217 M. loan to Formosa Chemical

Citibank and Bank of China will jointly lead a US$217 million seven-year syndicated loan to finance construction of a petrochemical plant to be built by Formosa Chemical & Fibre Corp. in Ningpo, Jiangsu Province of mainland China

 


April 4, 2003 Financial Times

FPC to expand VCM.

Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) capacity at Formosa Plastic Corp's 720,000 tonne/y facilities in Mailiao, Taiwan, is to be increased by 80,000 tonne/y. Project completion is expected by the end of 2004. During 2003, the company also intends to raise ethylene dichloride capacity at Mailiao by 200,000 tonne/y to 800,000 tonne/y.

 


May 28, 2003 Financial Times

Formosa Plastics gets govt backing for Phase IV expansion

Premier Yu Shyi-kun yesterday promised full support to the latest investment plan of Taiwan's petrochemical giant, the Formosa Plastics Group, for the fourth-phase expansion of its petrochemical complex in Mailiao, Yunlin County in southwest Taiwan



June 13, 2003 Financial Times

Formosa Plastics expands capacity at Mailiao complex.

Formosa Plastics is to invest NT$5 bn in capital expenditure projects in Mailiao, Taiwan, during 2003. Capacity for caustic soda is to be increased by 350,000 tonnes/y to 1.05 M tonnes by Jun 2004. Capacity for vinyl chloride monomer is to be improved by 200,000 tonnes/y to 1.52 M tonnes by Apr 2004. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) capacity is to be increased by 50,000 tonnes/y to 500,000 tonnes/y. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer capacity is to be increased by 40,000 tonnes/y to 240,000 tonnes/y. Capacity for linear low-density PE (LLDPE) will rise by 24,000 tonnes/y to 264,000 tonnes/y before the end of 2004. In Sep 2002 Formosa Plastics completed the expansion of acrylic esters at Mailiao by 18,000 tonnes/y to 198,000 tonnes/y. Formosa Petrochemical is to expand ethylene capacity at the same site from 1.45 M tonnes/y to 1.7 m tonnes.


July 28, 2003 Financial Times

Formosa Plastics gains OK for Acrylic Ester and PS China plants

The Ministry of Economic Affair's Investment Commission recently approved two of Formosa Plastics Group's mainland China investment proposals.

Formosa Plastics plans to invest US$49.57 million in an AE(Acrylic Ester) plant and Formosa Chemicals will invest US$17 million in a PS plant, both in Ningpo.

 


August 15, 2003 Financial Times           → 450,000t

Formosa Plastics plans PP plant in Ningbo in eastern China

The Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) has decided to increase its petrochemical investment in mainland China by setting up a polypropylene (PP) in Ningbo on the eastern cost of the mainland

The plant will have an annual output of
300,000 metric tons of the petrochemical material


Platts 2003/9/3

Formosa advances naphtha cracker completion by a year to 2006

Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical has moved forward by a year the planned completion of its No 3 naphtha cracker at Mai Liao to early 2006, a company source said Wednesday. Formosa would begin construction by the end of 2003.


Platts 2003/10/13

Taiwan's Formosa plans 50kt PP debottlenecking for mid-November

Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Corp has planned a mid-November debottlenecking at its 180,000 mt/yr PP plant in Lin Yuan that would expand the capacity of the plant
by 50,000 mt/yr to 230,000 mt/yr, a company source said Monday. The plant would be shut down for about 10 days to accomplish the expansion.


Platts 2003/10/13

Formosa to expand Texas PP capacity with Chisso technology

Formosa Plastics Corp, USA reported Monday that in late September 2003 it signed the first licensing agreement for Newcon, Chisso Corp's reactor thermoplastic polyolefin (RTPO) alloy.


http://www.chisso.co.jp/pro.html

リアクターTPO ニューコン
   柔軟、耐熱、寸法安定性
/自動車部品、弱電部品、日用品、包装用フィルム、シート

 


2004/2/25 Platts

Formosa to start second phase ACN debottlenecking project in May

Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Corp plans to start the second phase of a debottle-necking project at its 200,000 mt/yr acrylonitrile plant in Mai Liao in May, boosting total capacity at the plant to 240,000 mt/yr, a company source said Wednesday.

Formosa uses most of its existing ACN output captively, and would export the additional ACN output to its new 120,000 mt/yr ABS plant in Ningbo, China, slated for start-up in early April, the source said.


2004年3月4日中国・ASEANニュース速報

【台湾】台塑、中油にナフサ建設で提携提案へ
http://www.e-plastics.gr.jp/japanese/nna_news/news/news0403_1/04030407.htm

台湾プラスチック傘下の台湾塑膠工業(フォルモサ・プラスチック)と台湾聚合化学品(USIファーイースト)は、3月20日の総統選挙後にも中国石油の郭進財董事長に対し、エチレン年産100万トンのナフサプラントの建設に関して提携を提案する考えだ。3日付経済日報が伝えた。

中油は、現在の第3および第4ナフサプラントに代わる、年産120万トンおよび年産100万トンのエチレン工場2基の新規建設を計画中。また、雲林台西石化科技工業団地にも年産100万トンのエチレン工場を建設する予定だ。これらの新エチレン工場の完成後、同社のエチレン生産は高雄の精油所での生産分50万トンを含め、年間で370万トンに達する。


Platts 2004/3/24

Taiwan Formosa to complete 600,000 mt/yr styrene unit in H2 2006

Taiwan's Formosa Chemical and Fibre plans to complete its styrene monomer unit in Mai Liao, currently under construction, in the second half of 2006, sources close to the company said Wednesday.

FCFC's new No 3 unit would have a nameplate capacity of 600,000 mt/yr, and would boost the producer's total styrene capacity at its Mai Liao complex to 1.05-mil mt/yr.


中国・ASEANニュース速報 2004/6/10

【台湾】台プラ、寧波にナフサプラント投資申請へ

 台湾プラスチックグループは近く、中国・浙江省寧波市北崙経済技術特区にエチレン年産80万トン規模のナフサプラント建設の投資申請を行う。投資総額は約300億台湾元。


 寧波北崙では、台湾塑膠工業(フォルモサ・プラスチック)がプラスチック原料のポリ塩化ビニル(PVC)、ポリプロピレン(PP)、アクリル酸エステル(AE)などを生産、台湾化学繊維(フォルモサ・ケミカルズ&ファイバー)が芳香族化合物の高純度テレフタル酸(PTA)、ポリスチレン(PS)、アクリロニトリル・ブタジェン・スチレン(ABS)などを生産している。今回のナフサプラントなどの石化川上事業は、台塑石化(フォルモサ・ペトロケミカル)が統括に当たる。


2004/7/2 中国・ASEANニュース速報

【台湾】台化、寧波のPTA工場に追加投資

台湾化学繊維(台化=フォルモサ・ケミカルズ&ファイバー)は6月30日、中国・浙江省寧波の100%出資子会社、台化興業(寧波)に4,830万米ドルを追加投資して、高純度テレフタル酸(PTA)の生産能力を拡大することを決定した。

同社のPTAの年産能力は現在、雲林県・麥寮工場と宜蘭県・龍徳工場の2工場あわせて150万トン、中国では60万トンに達しており、PTAの売上高は同社の全体売上高の3割を占めている主要事業だ。


Platts 2004/7/5

Formosa Plastics plans new PP plant in Ningbo for late 2006

Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Corp has planned a new 450,000 mt/yr polypropylene plant in Ningbo, China, slated for completion by late 2006 or early 2007, a company source said Monday.

The new PP plant would source propylene from the new cracker (No 3 naphtha cracker at Mai Liao)


Platts 2006/7/19

China's Formosa PP (Ningbo) delays new PP unit start to Q2 2007

China's Formosa Polypropylene (Ningbo) had delayed the start up of its new
450,000 mt/year polypropylene plant by four to six months, to the second quarter of 2007, a company source said Wednesday. The PP plant will be constructed at the company's new petrochemical complex in Ningbo, Zhejiang, eastern China.


In addition to the PP plant, Formosa Plastics Corp operates a
300,000 mt/year polyvinyl chloride plant and a 300,000 mt/year acrylic ester plant.


2004年7月8日 中国・ASEANニュース速報

【台湾】台塑石化、プロピレン増産で中国へ供給
http://www.e-plastics.gr.jp/japanese/nna_news/news/news0407_1/04070802.htm

 台塑石化(フォルモサ・ペトロケミカル)は、約100億台湾元を投じて、オレフィン分解およびプロピレン生産工場を雲林県麦寮の第6ナフサプラント内に設ける。中国・浙江省寧波の北崙技術経済特区に建設するポリプロピレン(PP)生産工場への供給を視野に入れた大型投資計画だ。7日付経済日報が伝えた。

 第6ナフサプラントの第3オレフィン工場における年産量は、エチレン120万トン、プロピレン60万トン、ブタジエン18万トンとなっている。このうち、オレフィン分解設備の新設で、プロピレンの年産量が85万トンまで増加することになる。

■寧波工場は50%規模拡大

■事業拡大で中国で石化王国を

 


2004年7月20日 中国・ASEANニュース速報

【台湾】台プラ、30億元で寧波にバース5基増設
http://www.e-plastics.gr.jp/japanese/nna_news/news/news0407_3/04072002.htm

台湾プラスチックグループは、中国・浙江省寧波の北崙港にバース5基を増設する。原料の輸入を強化するほか、生産製品の輸送も視野に入れる。19日付工商時報が伝えた。


中国・ASEANニュース速報 2004年8月13日     台プラ、報道を否定

台プラとシノペック、業務提携で交渉
http://www.e-plastics.gr.jp/japanese/nna_news/news/news0408_2/04081304.htm

 王永在・台湾プラスチックグループ副董事長は11日、同グループの幹部らとともに中国石油化工集団(シノペック)の上層部と、両者間での原油の委託精製、原料供給、貿易などの業務に関する戦略的提携の協議を行った。

 台プラグループは浙江省寧波市の北崙経済技術特区にエチレン年産120万トン規模のナフサプラントの建設を計画しているが、台湾政府はまだナフラプラントの対中投資を許可していない。このため、シノペックとの提携によって北崙への石化原料の供給を期待している。


2004年9月7日 中国・ASEANニュース速報

【台湾】長春、台プラ第6ナフサに大型投資
http://www.e-plastics.gr.jp/japanese/nna_news/news/news0409_2/04090704.htm

総投資額1,246億台湾元に上る台湾プラスチックグループの第6ナフサプラント第4期工程に、長春グループが参入する。投資額は200億台湾元近くに上る大規模なもの。特殊プラスチックなどの生産も行う予定で、アジア太平洋地区の石油化学業界で競争力向上を図る。

6日付工商時報によると、台湾塑膠工業(フォルモサ・プラスチック)の李志村総経理が長春グループの投資計画を明らかにし、「原料は現在建設中の第3号ナフサ分解プラント(OL―3)から調達する」と語った。長春グループの林書鴻董事長は、「投資案はすでに行政院環境保護署(環境庁)に提出した。環境アセスメントの分析を経て、実行に移す」と慎重姿勢を崩さなかったものの、台プラと長春という石化業界の2強が、雲林県麦寮の第6ナフサプラントで強力タッグを結成するのは既定路線となった。

■競合先から提携先へ


中国・ASEANニュース速報 2004年10月15日

【台湾】台プラの対中投資案、1.4億ドルが認可
http://www.e-plastics.gr.jp/japanese/nna_news/news/news0410_2/04101504.htm

台湾プラスチックグループ傘下の台湾塑膠工業(フォルモサ・プラスチック)、台朔重工、南亜プラスチック各社の中国投資案3件が13日、経済部(経済省)投資審議委員会(投審会)の認可を得た。

投資の内訳は、台湾塑膠が6,900万米ドルを中国浙江省の投資子会社、台湾塑膠工業ポリプロピレン(寧波)へ増資するほか、台朔重工が4,900万米ドル同じく寧波に華亜鋼鉄を設立、南亜プラスチックが2,600万米ドルを江蘇省昆山の投資子会社、南亜ガラス繊維(昆山)への増資に充てる。


中国・ASEANニュース速報 2004年11月2日

【台湾】台プラのナフサ工場、中国国務院に申請

 1日付経済日報によると、台湾プラスチックグループの王永在副董事長が先日、中国国務院に対してナフサプラント建設の投資申請を行った。

 建設地は浙江省寧波市の北崙経済技術特区とみられ、同特区内にエチレン年産120万トン規模のナフサプラントを設ける。台プラグループにとっては、第6ナフサプラントに続く石油化学関連の大型投資となる。しかし、政府はナフサプラントの対中投資を開放していないことから、王副董事長は台湾と中国の両政府の認可を得てから計画を進展させることを強調した。

 寧波北崙では、台湾塑膠工業(フォルモサ・プラスチック)によるプラスチック原料のポリ塩化ビニル(PVC)の年産30万トンの工場がまもなく完工するほか、台湾化学繊維(台化=フォルモサ・ケミカルズ&ファイバー)のアクリロニトリル・ブタジェン・スチレン(ABS)工場が量産を開始している。将来的にはアクリル酸エステル(AE)、ポリプロピレン(PP)、芳香族化合物の高純度テレフタル酸(PTA)の各工場も生産を開始する予定だ。


中国・ASEANニュース速報 2004年12月14日

【台湾】台プラの石油精製工場、雲林に建設計画
http://www.e-plastics.gr.jp/japanese/nna_news/news/news0412_2/04121401.htm

 台湾プラスチックグループは、雲林県の離島工業区に1,200億台湾元を投じ、日産60万バレル規模の石油精製工場を建設する計画だ。ナフサの自製率を高め、グループの台塑石化(フォルモサ・ペトロケミカル)などのコスト削減が狙い。第6ナフサプラントとも結合し、同地の石油化学基地がさらに拡大する。13日付経済日報が伝えた。

 台プラが開発を予定するのは、離島工業区の中の4カ所ある工業区のうち、新興区と台西区にまたがる2,000ヘクタール以上の土地。投資額1,200億元は、第6ナフサプラントにも匹敵する。位置的にも麦寮区の第6ナフサプラントの南に隣接し、同工業区に台プラの石油化学事業が集中することになる。

■石油精製量、日産100万バレルに
■中国石油との競争激化


2005/5/3 Platts

Formosa to complete construction of Ningbo ethylene tank by 2007

The storage tank would be able to hold roughly
44,000mt of ethylene, which would primarily support Formosa's recently completed 300,000 mt/yr PVC plant in Ningbo. The tank would also be able to provide ethylene for Formosa's planned 450,000 mt/yr polypropylene plant in Ningbo, scheduled to complete construction in late 2006 or early 2007.


2005/10/7                                    Formosa Plastics Point Comfort Plant Resuming Operations

テキサスのフォモサプラスチックで爆発事故               CSB調査 CSB報告

 現地時間の6日午後3時05分、テキサス州ポイント・コンフォートにあるフォモサ・プラスチックの工場で爆発事故があり、11人が負傷した。うち1人は火傷で重症。爆発は第二オレフィン系列のプラントで発生した。同社では爆発場所は「プラスチック原料をつくるプラント」としているだけで、どのプラントかは不明。3時間後に鎮火した。同社によるとフォークリフトがプロピレンパイプを破損し、漏れたガスが地を這って流れ、引火して爆発した。同社では爆発したエリア(範囲は明らかにされていない)は無期限に停止するとしている。2つのハリケーンの影響で既にエチレンは不足状況となっており、フォモサの停止が石化製品の需給に影響を与えると見られている。.

 フォモサ・プラスチックは台湾の台湾プラスチックの子会社。ポイント・コンフォート工場(テキサス州のガルベストンとコーパスクリスティの中間に位置)は1983年建設の主力工場で、エチレン、クロルアルカリ、EDC、VCM、PVC、HDPE、LLDPE、PPを生産している。
当初はVCMとPVCだけであったが、1994年に15億ドルをかけた大増設を行ってオレフィン、LLDPE、 HDPE、クロルアルカリ、EDC、PP、co-generation 工場を建設、1997年の10億ドルの増設で第二オレフィン(818千トン)、HDPE(250+150千トン)、PP(332千トン)工場 を建設した。この第二オレフィンの系列で今回の事故が発生した。工場全体で1600人のフルタイムの従業員と400人の契約社員を抱えている。

 同社のホームページによると2002年時点の能力は以下の通り。
  クロルアルカリ 811千トン
  EDC       970
  VCM       382
  PVC       575
  エチレン    1,550
  HDPE      675
  LLDPE     265
  PP        680


 フォモサ・プラスチックは他にデラウエア工場(PVC:1981年スタウファーから購入)、ルイジアナ工場(クロルアルカリ、EDC、VCM、PVC:1990年建設)、イリノイ工場(PVC:2002年ボーデンから購入)を有している。

 フォモサ・プラスチックでは事故が続出している。このため各官庁では係員を同地に派遣し、調査を開始した。
 1998年12月にはポイント・コンフォートのEDCプラントで爆発があり、26人が負傷した。2004年4月にはイリノイ工場でVCMの漏洩による爆発があり、4人が死亡、6人が負傷した。また本年4月にはVCM等の漏洩による環境基準違反で15万ドルの罰金を払っている。

  ( Diana Wilson: Formosa Plastics 反対運動 )

 なお、本年3月にはテキサスシティのBPの製油所が爆発し、15人が死亡、170人が負傷している。


TAIPEI (AFX) - Formosa Plastics Corp said a group plant in Texas was hit by an explosion and fire but the incident should only have a limited impact on the company.

'Formosa Plastics Corp only owns 6 pct of the Texas plant, the impact on our operations and shareholders' interest should be very limited,' a company official said.

Two other group members, Nan Ya Plastics Corp and Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp, own a combined 4 pct stake in Formosa Plastics Corp USA, the official said.

The above-mentioned firms are all members of Formosa Plastics group.

 

 

Houston Chronicle 2005/10/7

8 hurt in plastics plant explosion
Cause of accident at Formosa facility in S. Texas is unknown
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory/3386038

In an increasingly familiar scene along the Texas coast, black smoke and flames streamed from a Point Comfort industrial plant Thursday, following an explosion that injured at least eight workers.

The blast at Formosa Plastics Corp. was the third to strike a Texas industrial facility this year and the second to hit one of the Taiwan-based company's U.S. facilities in 17 months.


In addition to the Point Comfort explosion, the CSB also is investigating an
April 2004 blast that killed four workers and injured six at a Formosa plant in Illiopolis, Ill. The company's other two U.S. facilities are located in Delaware City, Del., and Baton Rouge, La.

In December 1998, a blast rocked the Point Comfort plant's ethylene dichloride unit, rattling windows as far as 35 miles away and injuring 26 workers.

Last April, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fined the facility $150,000 for violations of air pollution laws that included releases of toxic chemicals such as vinyl chloride.

Over the past decade, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has inspected the Point Comfort plant a dozen times, five of them resulting in violations, OSHA online records show.

In 1994, the company completed a $1.5 billion expansion, building its first olefins unit.
In 1997, the plant underwent a second $1 billion expansion, in which it constructed a second olefins unit the part of the plant that erupted Thursday.


The Victoria Advocate October 8, 2005

Pipeline break cause of explosions

Thursday's explosions at Formosa Plastic Point Comfort plant happend when a contract employee using a forklift and pulling an air cart backed into a 6-inch line carrying liquid propylene, causing a break in a fitting or valve, plant officials said Friday in a memo.

The pipeline was carrying the propylene at 165 pounds of pressure. The gas that was released from the pipeline vaporized into a cloud when it reached the atmosphere. The gas, which is heavier than air, traveled along the ground until it reached an ignition source and exploded, according to the memo.

Although all employees are back on the job, "The plant is shut down," said Jack Wu, vice president of business development. "
The damage is all in the Olefins 2 unit. The fire automatically shuts everything down."

Wu said all employees are back at work getting ready to start up the plant, which he said, "technically, would take maybe two days."


Multinational Monitor   MAY 1991 - VOLUME 12 - NUMBER 5 

Taiwan Brings Toxics to Texas
http://multinationalmonitor.org/hyper/issues/1991/05/front.html

In a victory for a tiny, embattled environmental movement in Calhoun County, Texas, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed granting the Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Corporation the wastewater discharge permits it needs to begin operations at the company's newly expanded facilities. The EPA announced in February 1991 that it is requiring the preparation of an environmental impact statement before it will grant the permits. Formosa Plastics, Taiwan's largest chemical producer, has a history of environmental degradation and violations both in Taiwan and in its plants in the United States.


Oct. 13, 2005  Houston Chronicle

Formosa Plastics Point Comfort Plant Resuming Operations
 Fire Extinguished, Damage Appears Limited and Production Resumes
 No Off-Site Environmental Impact or Damage Found

Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. announced today that the last remaining minor fire resulting from an explosion on October 6 at its Point Comfort, Texas plant was extinguished early yesterday morning and that operations at the facility had resumed.

The company also said that damage from the explosion and resulting fire appears to have been limited to what is known as the
"Purification Area" of the Olefins 2 production unit.


October 14, 2005 The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

CSB Probe of Point Comfort Formosa Plastics Incident Continues as Team Weighs Safety Issues; No Root-Cause Investigation Planned
http://www.csb.gov/index.cfm?folder=news_releases&page=news&NEWS_ID=247

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is continuing its probe of the propylene fire and explosions that heavily damaged an olefins unit at the Formosa Plastics facility in Point Comfort, Texas, on October 6, injuring approximately 13 workers. Most injuries were minor, but two workers were admitted to the burn unit at a Galveston hospital, and one remains hospitalized there.

After six days at the incident site, investigators yesterday returned to Washington, DC, where they planned to brief agency Board members and staff. Investigators have conducted approximately 24 witness interviews; examined the damaged area of the facility's Olefins 2 unit; and reviewed process diagrams, procedures, and other documentary evidence. Based on current evidence, investigators will not recommend a full root-cause investigation of the incident by the CSB. However, work to understand the circumstances of the incident will continue.

CSB lead investigator Jim Lay, P.E., said, "Witness accounts indicate that a forklift truck towing an air supply trailer may have collided with a drain line near a ground-level control valve station carrying highly flammable liquid propylene. We intend to gather additional evidence before confirming this theory. Shortly after the trailer entered the vicinity of the valve station, witnesses saw a downward jet of escaping hydrocarbon, which formed a rapidly expanding vapor cloud. Within a few minutes, the vapor cloud found an ignition source, causing an explosion and fire." Major fires continued for a number of hours as additional piping was damaged and more flammable hydrocarbons were released.

Mr. Lay said that access to the exact point of origin of the release was still restricted this week due to structural hazards, residual flammable materials, and ongoing emergency response and firefighting activities. "Portions of the olefins unit where the incident was centered show extensive damage from heat. The site shows relatively little blast damage, consistent with a series of unconfined, open-air explosions or deflagrations," Mr. Lay said.

Immediate issues before the investigative team include characterizing the extent of secondary damage from the explosion and examining the effectiveness of the facility's vehicular control policies and the protection of vulnerable piping from vehicular collision. Mr. Lay said team members would be returning to the plant as early as next week to continue the probe.

In addition to work at the Formosa site, investigators went into the Point Comfort and Port Lavaca communities to assess the impact of the incident. One school near the plant was temporarily evacuated on the day of the incident and two highways were closed for several hours. Investigators determined that approximately 15 members of the public sought medical evaluations at area hospitals; none was admitted to the hospital for treatment.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical incidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical incidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure, as well as inadequacies in safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Please visit our website, www.csb.gov. For more information, contact Daniel Horowitz at (202) 261-7613 and (202) 441-6074.


2006/7/20 CSB(US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board)

CSB Issues Case Study of Formosa Plastics Point Comfort, Texas, Fire and Explosions: Unprotected Piping, Non-Fireproofed Structures, Lack of Automatic Shutoff Valves Noted as Causes; Flame-Resistant Clothing Recommended
http://www.csb.gov/index.cfm?folder=news_releases&page=news&NEWS_ID=304

The U. S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued its final report and recommendations today in the October 6, 2005, fire and explosions at the Formosa Plastics Corporation, USA, plant in Point Comfort, Texas. In addition, the CSB released a Safety Video which includes a computer animation depicting events leading to the accident.

The Point Comfort complex, on the Texas Gulf Coast, is the largest Formosa facility in the U.S., employing 1,400 full-time workers and 400 contactors. The accident occurred in the plant's
Olefins II Unit, which converts either natural gas liquids or naphtha into products such as propylene and ethylene. The accident began when a vehicle - a forklift towing a trailer loaded with cylinders of breathing air used in maintenance - snagged a valve, pulling it out of the system. This caused the release of a large volume of propylene which then ignited, creating a large fire. The initial explosion knocked several operators to the ground and burned two men, one seriously. Fourteen workers sustained minor injuries evacuating the complex.

The CSB Case Study concludes that
had the Olefins II unit been equipped with automated shutdown valves it may have been possible to stop the propylene flow, limiting the size of the fire. Operators were unable to reach manual valves to stop the release due to the presence of the growing vapor cloud.

The investigation noted that the valve hit by the trailer was
unguarded, and vulnerable to being hit by vehicles. The Case Study also noted that some steel supports were not fireproofed, and collapsed. This caused the failure of pipes designed to carry flammable hydrocarbons to the unit's flare system, where they could be safely burned in the atmosphere. Without this safety system in place, pressurized flammable gases continued to feed the fire, which burned for five days. In addition, the CSB found that flame resistant clothing was not required for all employee activities within the Olefins II unit where there were large quantities of flammable liquids and gases.

CSB Board Member John Bresland said, "This began with a seemingly minor event, in which a trailer bumped into a drain valve. But the incident had disastrous consequences because the facility was not better prepared for a large chemical release. The fires and explosions at Formosa's Point Comfort plant provide compelling reasons to analyze vulnerabilities that could lead to a major chemical accident."

CSB lead investigator Robert Hall said, "Our investigation focused on how this facility was designed to protect against major fire hazards. We found that the unit's
design engineering firm used plans that had not been updated to incorporate the latest standards for fireproofing steel structures. Furthermore, workers were not wearing flame resistant clothing, which would have helped to protect them against the flash fire that occurred. We found that improved design practices and protective clothing could have reduced the impact of this accident."

The Board issued several formal safety recommendations. Formosa Plastics Corp. USA, the Point Comfort plant, was urged to revise its policies and procedures for analyzing hazards, to include vehicle impact dangers, fireproofing of structural steel and mechanisms for controlling chemical releases such as remotely controlled isolation valves. The Board also recommended that Formosa provide fire resistant clothing to workers exposed to the dangers of flash fires.

The Board recommended that
Kellogg, Brown, and Root, the company that designed Formosa's facility, use the most current safety standards - including standards for fireproofing -- when designing new facilities. And the Center for Chemical Process Safety, a leading safety organization, was urged to strengthen its hazard evaluation guidelines to include vehicle impact hazards and isolation of equipment during emergencies.

The CSB Safety Video, "Fire and Explosions at Formosa Plastics Corp.," may be viewed and downloaded on www.CSB.gov from the Video Room. Copies of this and all CSB videos are available on a DVD and may be obtained free of charge by submitting an online request form found on the website.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in safety management systems, regulations, and industry standards.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website, www.CSB.gov.


Platts 2006/1/19

Taiwan's Nan Ya Plastics Corp aims to start new BPA line by Oct

Taiwan's Nan Ya Plastics Corp is aiming to start production of a new bisphenol-A (BPA) plant by October, a company source said Thursday. The company is currently in the midst of building the new
130,000 mt/yr plant at Mailiao, Yunlin.
Nan Ya Plastics currently operates 3 bisphenol-A plants at the same site. These have a total production capacity of
290,000 mt/yr.

FCFC has a
total phenol capacity of 440,000 mt/yr in Mailiao, Yunlin.

 

 


Group Major Products

Product Name

Capacity (MT/Y)

Company

Division

PVC Resin

1,329,000

FPC

Plastics Div.

VCM

1,520,000

FPC

Plastics Div.

Caustic Soda (liquid)

1,050,000

FPC

Plastics Div.

Caustic Soda (flake)

46,700

FPC

Plastics Div.

Chlorine

366,700

FPC

Plastics Div.

Hydrochloric Acid

133,000

FPC

Plastics Div.

MBS

156,000

FPC

Plastics Div.

POM

25,000

FPC

Plastics Div.

Chlorosolvents

48,900

FPC

Plastics Div.

Fluorochlorohydrocarbon and substitetes

21,600

FPC

Plastics Div.

Processing Aids

7,200

FPC

Plastics Div.

AHF

11,000

FPC

Plastics Div.

HDPE

450,000

FPC

Polyolefin Div.

LDPE

90,000

FPC

Polyolefin Div.

EVA

110,000

FPC

Polyolefin Div.

LLDPE

240,000

FPC

Polyolefin Div.

Acrylic Acids

141,000

FPC

Tairylan Div.

Super Absorbent Polymer

24,000

FPC

Tairylan Div.

AN

200,000

FPC

Chemical Div.

CAN

3,000

FPC

Chemical Div.

MMA

70,000

FPC

Chemical Div.

ECH

80,000

FPC

Chemical Div.

MTBE

15,100

FPC

Chemical Div.

B-1

17,000

FPC

Chemical Div.

Calcium Carbide

54,000

FPC

Calcium Carbide Div.

Lime

234,000

FPC

Calcium Carbide Div.

Calcium Carbonates

258,000

FPC

Calcium Carbide Div.

Taical

12,000

FPC

Calcium Carbide Div.

U-cal

14,400

FPC

Calcium Carbide Div.

Light Master Batch

36,000

FPC

Calcium Carbide Div.

PTMG

14,000

FASC

Business Div.

BPA

114,000

Nan Ya

4th Plastics Div.

PBT

13,200

Nan Ya

4th Plastics Div.

Unsaturated Polyester Resin

30,000

Nan Ya

4th Plastics Div.

Plastic Stablizer

8,400

Nan Ya

4th Plastics Div.

PU Resin

28,800

Nan Ya

4th Plastics Div.

DOP

335,000

Nan Ya

DOP Div.

Anhydrous Sodium-Sulfate

100,439

FCFC

1st Chemical Div.

Carbon Disulfide

18,500

FCFC

1st Chemical Div.

Sulphuric Acid

134,000

FCFC

1st Chemical Div.

Dodecyl Benzene Sulphonic Acid

24,500

FCFC

Detergent Div.

Powder Detergent

66,000

FCFC

Detergent Div.

Liquid Detergent

8,520

FCFC

Detergent Div.

Benzene

70,000

FCFC

2nd Chemical Div.

PX

810,000

FCFC

2nd Chemical Div.

OX

200,000

FCFC

2nd Chemical Div.

SM

600,000

FCFC

2nd Chemical Div.

Phenol

200,000

FCFC

2nd Chemical Div.

Acetone

123,000

FCFC

2nd Chemical Div.

PTA

1,450,000

FCFC

3rd Chemical Div.

DMF

40,000

FCFC

3rd Chemical Div.

PS

260,000

FCFC

Plastic Div.

ABS

39,000

FCFC

Plastic Div.

PP

360,000

FCFC

Plastic Div.

PC

100,000

FCFC

Plastic Div.

Nylon-6 Resin

219,000

FCFC

Nylon Div.

Ethylene

1,700,000

FCFC

Alkene Div.

Propylene

850,000

FCFC

Alkene Div.

Butadiene

272,000

FCFC

Alkene Div.

PP

300,000

YCCIC

Business Div.

Electron-grade hydrofluoric acid

3,700

FDACC

Business Div.

NH4F

2,200

FDACC

Business Div.

Buffer hydrofluoric acid

1,800

FDACC

Business Div.

Naphtha

3,800,000MT

FPCC

Refinery Div.

Gasoline

5,800,000KL

FPCC

Oil Product Div.

Disesel

7,600,000KL

FPCC

Oil Product Div.

Aviation fuel/kerosene

2,250,000KL

FPCC

Oil Product Div.

Fuel Oil

1,800,000KL

FPCC

Oil Product Div.

LPG

380,000MT

FPCC

Oil Product Div.


Jan 19, 2007 (SinoCast via COMTEX)

Formosa Plastics Group Plans to Invest in China Mainland

Formosa Plastics Group, one of the largest family firms of Taiwan, plans to build the factory of oil refining and ethene in Ningbo, located in Zhejiang province of China, according to sources.
This plan includes establishing
10 million tons oil refinery, 1.2 million tons splitting ethene factory, 600,000 tons propylene factory and other chemical products.

* ethene(IUPAC name)=ethylene


Platts 2007/8/14

Taiwan's FCFC to bring new PS plant in Ningbo online in October

Taiwan's Formosa Chemical and Fibre Corp expects to bring its new polystyrene plant in China,
Ningbo, on-stream in October, a company source said Tuesday.

The
200,000 mt/year plant was previously slated to start up in August but due to incomplete construction works at the plant's facilities, that was postponed to Q4 of this year.


Styrene monomer feedstock would be provided by FCFC's new
No 3 SM plant in Mailiao. The new 600,000 mt/year unit has been running at 100% nameplate capacity since June 8.


2008/1/21 Platts

Taiwan's FCFC mulls start-up of new PTA plant before June 2008

Taiwan's Formosa Chemical and Fibre Corp. is looking at the possibility of bringing its new
400,000 mt/year purified terephthalic acid plant in Loong-der on stream before June this year, a company source said Monday afternoon.


FCFC currently operates two PTA plants in Mailiao, both with a production capacity of
500,000 mt/year. The company also has an existing 700,000 mt/year PTA plant in Loong-der.

FCFC's new PTA capacity comes on the heels of recent start-ups and expansions, most notably China's BP Zhuhai 900,000 mt/year PTA plant in Zhuhai and South Korean Taekwang Industrial's newly expanded 950,000 mt/year PTA plant in Ulsan.



2008/3/20 Platts

Taiwan Formosa Plastics likely to start Ningbo PP runs early-Apr

Taiwan's Formosa Plastics is likely to start commercial operations at its long-delayed 450,000 mt/year Ningbo polypropylene plant early-April, sources said Thursday.
Formosa finished construction work on the plant in June last year, but was unable to start commercial operations, pending approval from the Chinese government to use a discharging
揚荷 port for refrigerated propylene.

 


Plaltts 2008/4/7

Formosa targets Ningbo PTA plant start-up during April

Taiwan's Formosa Chemical and Fibre Corp is aiming to start up its 600,000 mt/year purified terephthalic acid plant in Ningbo, eastern China, by the end of April--having recently received approval from the central Chinese government to begin operations--a company source said Monday.



Meanwhile, Formosa Plastics also recently received
approval from the Chinese government to discharge refrigerated propylene to Ningbo. This would also allow the company to start commercial production at its 450,000 mt/year polypropylene plant there.

 


2008/04/08 CENS

FPG May Forgo Ningbo Mega Ethylene Project

In response to the pledge of president-elect Ma Ying-jeou (国民党候補の馬英九氏) allowing Maoliao麦寮 harbor of the Formosa Plastic Group (FPG) to undertake direct cross-Taiwan Strait shipment, Y.C. Wang王永慶, founder of FPG, said yesterday (April 7) that the group will forgo its mega ethylene project in Ningbo of mainland China.

Wang made the remarks during a meeting between him, Ma, Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), and Terry Guo, chairman of Hon Hai
鴻海 group, dubbed as an occasion for Ma to seek advices from the three business tycoons on the development of Taiwan`s economy.

Wang Jui-hua, vice president of FPG`s Group Administration Office and daughter of Y.C. Wang, noted that with opening up of direct cross-Strait shipment, FPG will be able to transport its petrochemical products from Mailiao to the mainland and therefore may not have to execute its mega ethylene project in Ningbo of China`s Zhejiang province.

Wang fell short of confirming FPG`s decision to forego the project outright, saying that despite the narrowing of the gap between investment conditions of Mailiao and Ningbo following inauguration of direct cross-Strait shipment, the two projects aim at different markets, and as such FPG would still execute the Ningo project should the government flash a green light.

Remarks of Wangs appear to underscore the difficulties confronting the FPG for the Ningbo project, mainly due to opposition of leading indigenous Chinese petrochemical makers, as a result of which China Petrochemical Corporation may take over the project.

FPG`s mega ethylene project in the Beilun Petrochemical Zone of Ningbo City envisions annual crude-oil refining capacity of 10 million metric tons and ethylene capacity of 1.2 million metric tons, similar to its existing petrochemical complex in Mailiao offshore industrial zone.

 

 


sankei 2008/10/16

台プラ創始者、王永慶氏が死去

 【台湾のテレビ各局によると、台湾の「経営の神様」といわれた台塑集団(台湾プラスチックグループ)の創始者、王永慶Wang Yung-Ching,氏が15日朝(米東部時間)、米ニュージャージー州の病院で、心筋梗塞のため死去した。91歳だった。

 遺体は16日に台湾に運ばれる予定という。

 「台湾の松下幸之助」とも評される王氏は、16歳で起業して1954年に台プラを創設。早くから巨大市場を抱える中国への進出を決め、中国要人とも交流関係を持つ台湾経済界の重鎮的な存在だった。

Wang died on early Wednesday morning in New York during a business tour to the United States from Oct. 11, the group said in a statement.

Wang set up the Formosa Plastics Corporation in 1954, which is now a major conglomerate in Taiwan. Its business covers biotechnology, petrochemical processing and electronic components production.

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He was Taiwan's second-richest person with a net worth of US$6.8 billion (HK$53.04 billion).

フォーブスの2007年度世界長者番付によると、世界で82位に富豪とされている。

Taipei-born Wang opened a rice store as his first business in 1932 before founding Formosa Plastics Corp, Taiwan's biggest diversified industrial group, and then Nan Ya Plastics Corp. in 1958.

 


Jun 16, 2011 Dow Jones

Formosa Petrochemical: To Build Butadiene Rubber Plant In China

Formosa Petrochemical Corp., Taiwan's only private refiner, plans to build a
50,000-metric-ton-a-year butadiene rubber plant in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo, Chairman Wilfred Wang said Thursday.

The company expects to complete construction of the Ningbo plant in 2013, Wang said at a shareholders' meeting, but didn't elaborate.

He also said there is rising uncertainty over second-half global demand for petrochemical products, largely due to a potential slowdown in the Chinese economy amid a slew of tightening measures.

Formosa plans to focus more on exports to Southeast Asian nations to avoid the impact of a possible slowdown in Chinese demand, he said.